It would be easy to say the Kings’ defense benefited from playing the Chicago Bulls, who struggle to score most nights.

But more than once this season, Sacramento has shown it can make even the most pedestrian offenses look like scoring machines.

Monday night at Sleep Train Arena, the Kings didn’t allow the Bulls to put up season highs. It was the Kings, not the usually stout Bulls, who looked like a defensive force in a 99-70 rout that ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak.

The Kings established a Sacramento record in holding the Bulls to 28.2 percent shooting. The points allowed were a season low.

In the first half, the Bulls shot 24.4 percent, the lowest by a Kings opponent in a half this season.

Entering the game, the Bulls were 29th in the NBA in scoring at 92.5 points per game and 28th in shooting at 42.5 percent, but they never threatened to get near those marks.

“I thought we had five guys defending as one most of the night covering for each other,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “That was the challenge (Monday) – let’s play a complete game.”

For only the second time this season, the Kings won when not scoring 100 or more points and the first time since the season opener over Denver. The Kings had lost 16 straight games when failing to score at least 100 points.

“We showed what we can do. It showed we have the ability to do it,” center DeMarcus Cousins said. “We can’t have a night like this and come back the next night and take steps backwards. Just build off this defensive effort and try to carry it on to the next game.”