It certainly wasn't pretty, but the Bulls held on at the end to defeat the Sacramento Kings 93-87 in the 2012-13 season opener for both teams.
Joakim Noah was outstanding, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks and 3 assists. He hit 11-of-12 free throws, including four big ones down the stretch to hold the Kings at bay.
Rip Hamilton had a very nice evening offensively, putting up 19 points in 31 minutes. He shot 7/16 from the field, missing a few easy shots he usually makes, but he also got to the FT line 5 times and made them all.
Carlos Boozer provided the early offense, and he had a few big buckets late in the game. When a guy puts up 18 points and 8 rebounds on 8/13 shooting from the field, it's hard to complain too much.
Luol Deng was horrible offensively in the game, hitting only 3/13 shots, 0/4 from behind the arc, and 1/3 free throws. He missed several wide-open shots that he usually hits easily. That being said, he did have a game-high 12 rebounds, and his defense was superb as usual.
Kirk Hinrich also shot the ball like it was on a different magnetic field than the basket, hitting only 1/7 from the field and 1/3 free throws. His defense was pretty good for most of the night, and he did have a game-high 7 assists in his 29 minutes on the floor.
Marco Belinelli had a nice game in his Bulls debut, putting up 6 points and 3 assists in only 12 minutes of playing time. I still think he's going to be a valuable member of the bench once he gets used to the Bulls' system.
Taj Gibson, who signed a contract extension after the game, only hit 2/6 shots but had 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in his 19 minutes.
Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed, and Jimmy Butler all played but didn't do anything worth mentioning.