NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, March 8th)
Final Score: Sacramento 123, Milwaukee 116
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby scored 36 points as Sacramento tied its season high for points and downed Milwaukee 123-116 at the Bradley Center.
Kenny Thomas posted 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who have won five of their last six games. Bonzi Wells scored 19 points, while Kevin Martin had 16. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 14 points, while Brad Miller added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Michael Redd scored 32 points for the Bucks, who have dropped seven of their last nine games. T.J. Ford notched 24 points and 12 assists. Bobby Simmons scored 21 points, while Jamaal Magloire added 11.
The Bucks scored eight straight points to pull within 110-105 with 1:38 remaining in the game. After two Artest free throws, Miller scored a jumper with 56.7 seconds left to lift Sacramento to a 114-106 lead.
Simmons drained a three with 52.3 seconds left to cut Milwaukee's gap to 114-108.
Martin hit a pair of free throws with 51.5 seconds, however, and Milwaukee never came within five points thereafter.
Sacramento gained an early advantage and led 35-33 heading into the second quarter, during which the Kings outscored the Bucks by 10 points to take a 69-57 halftime lead.
"Give Sacramento credit, they're a very good offensive team that passes the ball very well," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "We had to change our 'coverages' at halftime and I think it helped. The first half we tried to be aggressive. I don't necessarily think it was a lack of effort; we were trying to be aggressive on the ball, and they passed the ball extremely well on their pick-and-rolls."
Sacramento upheld its lead through the third quarter, ahead 90-82 heading into the fourth.
Milwaukee is a respectable 17-13 at home this season, but have lost four in a row at home.
Sacramento played the finale of a five-game road trip, during which it was 4-1. The Kings are just 11-20 as the visitor this season.
"We had a great trip," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We played consistently, and then came out today and played very well offensively. I just felt that if we could make a few stops and maintain our concentration we could pull away. We have put ourselves in pretty good position going home."
This was the second and final meeting of the season between the squads. On November 18th, Bibby scored 17 points to lift Sacramento to a 103-82 win over the Bucks at ARCO Arena...Sacramento has won four straight and nine of the last 10 contests in this series...The Kings have won five in a row at Milwaukee.
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