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March 14, 2013
The Morning After: Patrick Patterson a hit with coaches, teammates

Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas put up the big scoring numbers in Wednesday's win over the Chicago Bulls.

But Patrick Patterson's early contribution was just as vital.

Patterson made all five of his shots for 11 points and grabbed five rebounds (surpassing his season average) in the 121-79 win over the Bulls.

Patterson finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

The rebounds were Patterson's best total in 10 games with the Kings.

Kings coach Keith Smart knew Patterson could score and provide spacing with his three-point shooting.

Smart started Patterson with DeMarcus Cousins out with a leg injury and got exactly what he wanted from Patterson.

Smart on starting Patterson and his play:

"I'm going to continue to challenge him to rebound. He knows that he needs to work on that and I shared that with him when he first arrived. I thought that starting him would give us the right spacing. With this team, Chicago, along with a lot of East coast teams, you have to have spacing on the floor at all times. Starting him would give us just what we needed and would allow Tyreke and Isaiah to get into the lane. Once they got into the lane, we had two guys who were spacing the floor and they found Patrick early in the game. That was the reason I wanted to go with him."

Evans on playing with Patterson:

"He did a good job knowing when to roll and when to pop. Sometimes he rolls, sometimes he pops - that kind of opened up the floor for me. He knows how to attack the bigs so he just helps with that a lot. We work hard in practice and we showed it in the game."



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