The Bulls have won four straight at home against the Kings, the only team below .500 to visit during the homestand.
Noah had 17 points and five rebounds and Rudy Gay led the Kings with 10 points at halftime. Noah scored 12 points in the first quarter, which ended 23-23.
"Noah is an incredible player. I say he's the heart and soul of that Bulls team," Cousins said.
The game was more competitive than the teams' previous meeting. The Kings routed the Bulls 99-70 at Sleep Train Arena on Feb. 3, when the Bulls finished with season lows in points and shooting percentage (28.2).
"That's a good team even though their record is not too well," Gibson said. "They tend to play well at times. It was a battle tonight."
NOTES: Dunleavy's right eye was black and blue and he wore tape above it. He received 10 stitches after he caught an elbow when he drew a charge Thursday in the Bulls' 111-87 win over Houston. ... Evans started at power forward for the Kings to match up against the Bulls' front line. Malone said the Kings will decide who plays the position based on each game's matchup. Derrick Williams has played both forward positions. ... Malone was impressed with G Jimmer Fredette, who played 41 games with the Kings this season before he signed with the Bulls on March 2. "He was always in the gym, even on off days, committed to getting his work in," Malone said. "Even when he was not playing and part of the rotation, he never dropped his head, kept on working, kept on supporting his teammates. That's why I think the Bulls at some point will be able to use him." ... The Kings are 10-24 on the road.