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Bill Cartwright was born and raised in the California capital.
But his disappointment Tuesday night had nothing to do with the fact that four of his six sisters and his 70-year-old father, James, witnessed a 111-98 laugher for the Kings.
His anger came for one, simple fact.
"I was disappointed with that first group," he said. "They were just not very good offensively or defensively. They didn't share the ball. Defensively they did not step up--period. I didn't feel we gave our best effort."
The Bulls kicked off a six-game trip with a resounding thud and have lost 22 straight over the last four seasons on these annual circus road trips. In their last four trips to Arco Arena, the Bulls have lost by an average of 28.8 points.
But those statistics pale for Jalen Rose in comparison to one, simple fact. He played 24 minutes, nine after halftime.
"To be honest, I felt like [Cartwright] was coaching like we had back-to-back games," Rose said. "I think we got behind and he wanted to try and see something different, see if something was going to work."
Asked if he thought Cartwright saved too much energy for Wednesday night's game against Golden State, Rose didn't hesitate.
"I'll be fresh," he said.
That the Bulls' three leading scorers were reserves speaks volumes about this game, which featured the bench outscoring the starters 68-30. Rookie Lonny Baxter scored 17 points, Jamal Crawford added 16 and Eddie Robinson had 15.
"That whole second team was good," Cartwright said.
Rose shot 5-for-15 for 13 points. Eddy Curry finished with more fouls, four, than rebounds, one.
The Bulls entered the game as the league's second-best rebounding team, averaging 46.6 per game. But even with Chris Webber and Vlade Divac battling foul trouble for the Kings, Sacramento enjoyed a 54-34 advantage on the boards.
"We had chances where we cut the lead to about 10, but they never had to put Webber or Vlade back in," Rose said.
Reserves helped the Bulls pull to within 90-79 on two Baxter free throws with 9 minutes 50 seconds left. Rose entered 52 seconds later but played only 2:40 as the deficit grew to 19.
Doug Christie and Bobby Jackson each scored 22 to pace Sacramento.