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Postgame notes: Derrick Williams goes for a highlight and misses the mark

It all started out so well for Derrick Williams.

Williams stole a pass in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 99-70 win over Chicago and had an uncontested look at the rim.

Williams tried to throw the ball off the backboard for a dunk.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Williams said of the kind of dunk he was attempting.

It ended badly. Williams fumbled the ball and missed the dunk with 3:08 to play.

By the way, the Kings were up by up 28 points.

Williams’ teammates laughed.

Kings coach Michael Malone was not amused and removed Williams from the game.

“Derrick’s a good kid so there’s nothing malicious in that but I don’t want to disrespect the Bulls,” Malone said. “I don’t want to disrespect (Bulls coach) Tom Thibodeau, I have too much respect for him. At that point in the game when you’re up big, just lay the ball in. Derrick wasn’t trying to showboat or disrespect anybody but I told our guys, be good to the game.”

Williams’ teammates were amused.

“The hardest part was trying to find something to say to him after making that play,” said DeMarcus Cousins. “I don’t know. You’re going to have to ask D-Will about that.”

Williams managed to poke fun at himself over the mishap.

• It looked as if the Kings might have a battle for backup point guard minutes brewing.

Malone used Ray McCallum in the first half ahead of Jimmer Fredette, who missed Saturday’s loss at San Antonio due to illness.

Fredette entered the game in the third quarter and finished with 11 points and four assists. Fredette made all five of his shots.

Said Malone of the situation:

“It’s always hard to play three point guards. I thought that Ray McCallum did a great job in that last game, so I threw him out there in the first half today. I felt that Jimmer Fredette was our first option in the second half. I was very happy that he was able to deliver and play the way that he did. That’s a big credit to him — staying ready. You come out and see Ray playing in the first, but he didn’t get down on himself and he stayed engaged in the game. Then he came out and really, I think that Jimmer was crucial in our game tonight.”

Said Fredette:

“Coach wanted a spark and you’ve just got to stay mentally prepared, mentally ready. I just went out there and was feeling good; I was able to get a couple assists to Cuz (Cousins) at first. Then the shot was falling so I just stayed aggressive. We were able get that lead up and it was good.”

McCallum didn’t score in his first-half sting and had an assist.

• Bulls center Joakim Noah was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the third quarter and had a profanity-filled message for each official as he left the floor.

After the game, Noah was apologetic about his outburst.

“I’m really disappointed,” Noah said. “I shouldn’t have acted that way. I apologized. I’m sorry. All three of the referees out there were trying to do their jobs and I should’ve never said the things that I said. Hope they accept my apology. I hope we can move on from this.”

Cousins was asked his take on Noah.

“I mean, it happens,” Cousins said. “At the end of the day we’re all human and we do have emotions. So he was a little frustrated, everybody gets frustrated, so he spoke his mind. Like I said, we’re all human. It happens.”

• Cousins said he expects his left ankle to be sore after playing for the first time since Jan. 22 because of the the ankle sprain that kept him out six games.

“My body is pretty banged up but it’s kind of expected, I missed a few games,” Cousins said. “I feel good just to be back on the court.”

Cousins had game highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds.

*If there’s a negative about the Kings’ best defensive effort of the season, it’s committing 23 turnovers. Rudy Gay had six, Cousins had four.

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