Robin Lopez ejected in Sacramento after back-to-back T's, throws chair

Lauri Markkanen: Back in action Monday

But at least he shot it better tonight after hitting just 8-of-37 shots over his previous three games. The Kings, who are in their own rebuild and, in some ways, race for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, finished strong in a 104-98 victory on Monday night. The Bulls, who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half, have dropped seven straight.

Guard Zach LaVine showed off his hops and hammer with a huge dunk on forward JaKarr Sampson in the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Sacramento Kings.

It's insane to think that it wasn't that long ago that the Bulls guard had missed 11 games due to an ACL injury he suffered last season, as during this play, he showed no sign of being hindered by it.

Averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, Markkanen, a 7-footer with a sweet 3-point shooting touch, has given the Bulls hope in an otherwise rebuilding season.

"Best start we had in a long time", Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Chicago started off this game well, leading 28-9 after the first quarter while limiting Sacramento to a season-low for scoring in any period this season. "I told him, that's bad", Lopez told reporters after the game.

"I was a little bit surprised, in my mind, such a subdued response".

As the final game before the trade deadline, there is a chance that the Bulls team on the floor Monday night at the Golden 1 Center won't look the same as the one that takes the floor Friday against the Timberwolves at the United Center.

On his way to the Bulls locker room, Lopez grabbed a chair and angrily tossed it.