NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Milwaukee
(Saturday, December 19th)
Final Score: Sacramento 96, Milwaukee 95
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Rookie Tyreke Evans sank an acrobatic layup in the last second, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 96-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in a back-and-forth game.
In a tight fourth quarter that featured 13 lead changes, Ersan Ilyasova made a layup with five seconds left to put the Bucks on top by a point. But at the other end, Evans drove and got a layup to fall with 0.9 on the clock. Andrew Bogut missed a shot at the buzzer to seal the Kings' victory.
Evans had a team-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds for Sacramento, which bounced back from a loss Friday at Minnesota. Jason Thompson had 22 points and 10 boards in the win.
"That was really a fun game for us," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. "I think it would have been a fun game for any neutral observer. I'm sure the Bucks didn't have that much fun, there, at the end."
Ilysova had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who got 15 points and 13 boards from Bogut. Carlos Delfino had a team-high 17 points as Milwaukee fell to its third consecutive loss.
Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings had 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
"My disappointment doesn't lie in the fact that he made a nice layup at the end of the game," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "It lies in the fact that we weren't ready to play. We had blank looks on our faces, didn't appear in any way to have a whole lot of interest in what was going on out there. Then you try to get it going, but somebody's got to win a game like this, and they did."
The teams played a tight game throughout, as Milwaukee had the game's largest lead of seven points. There were 24 lead changes and 11 times it was tied, including when Evans' layup made it 21-21 to cap the first quarter scoring.
Bogut's layup near the end of the half extended Milwaukee's edge to six, but Evans beat the halftime buzzer with an acrobatic bucket under the basket to bring the Kings within 53-49.
Ilyasova's basket almost five minutes into the third put the Bucks ahead 65-58, but Thompson followed with a three-point play to keep the Sacramento deficit from getting larger.
The Kings ended the quarter with buckets from Thompson and Beno Udrih to take a 73-72 edge to the fourth. Neither team led by more than four in the final quarter.
Sacramento shot 45.5 percent and made 22-of-29 foul shots, while Milwaukee sank 42.7 percent of its shots and was 13-of-20 from the line...Udrih had 16 points for the Kings...Luc Mbah a Moute added 14 for the Bucks.
12/20 01:30:20 ET