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Kings can’t keep pace in third quarter, lose to Bulls

Score: Bulls 104, Kings 86

Records: Kings 18-33; Bulls 33-20

Player of the game: All-Star power forward Pau Gasol had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Chicago.

Turning point: The Bulls blew open a tight game in the third quarter, outscoring the Kings 27-15. Gasol had 13 points and eight rebounds in the third.

Key stat: Chicago shot 52.5 percent.

X-factors: Tony Snell came off the Chicago bench to score a career-high 24 points. He made 9 of 11 shots.

Injury update: Kings guard Darren Collison missed his third game because of a strained right hip flexor. Kings forward Derrick Williams sprained his right ankle when he tripped over a cord during pregame warmups. Chicago All-Star guard Jimmy Butler did not play in the second half because of a strained right shoulder.

Up next: The Kings visit Milwaukee on Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Jason Jones