NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Sacramento 102, Milwaukee 89
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ron Artest scored 26 points and doled out eight assists, and the Sacramento Kings exploded late to roll past the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-89.
Beno Udrih scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-7 from behind the arc for the Kings, who won their second in a row and their third in four games. John Salmons added 17 points for Sacramento, which went 3-2 on its five-game road trip, picking up its first three road wins of the season.
"We turned what was a good road trip into a great road trip," said Kings head coach Reggie Theus. "Hopefully on this road trip we learned how to finish games. We missed a bunch of shots in the first half, but the guys stayed with it and stayed with the defense."
Michael Redd scored 27 points for the Bucks, who have dropped three of four and seven of nine. Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Yi Jianlian had 12 boards and eight points.
The game was tied at 85-85 late in regulation, but the Kings closed the game, and the Bucks, out with a 17-4 burst. Artest kicked it off with a three- pointer to give the Kings the lead, and Udrih drilled consecutive threes on the run, his second trey boosting Sacramento to a 96-87 lead with 2:23 remaining.
"The reality is we're dead last in the league at defending the three-point shot," said Bucks head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "We put a lot of focus on trying to keep people out of the house, and I thought we did a decent job of that, with the exception of the first and last eight minutes."
Two Redd free throws pulled the Bucks within 96-89, but Salmons sank two free throws to put the Kings up 98-89 with 2:02 left, and then finished the Bucks off with a jumper with just under a minute left.
The Kings led 28-26 after the first quarter, but trailed the Bucks, 47-46, at the half. The teams were even at 68-68 entering the fourth quarter.
Redd took over on the offensive end for Milwaukee in the fourth quarter. He scored 12 points in the quarter, 10 coming in a row as the Bucks kept pace with the Kings. Redd made two free throws, drilled back-to-back threes, and made two more free throws that knotted the game at 85-85 with 4:53 remaining.
Milwaukee's Desmond Mason left after the first half with a sprained left thumb, and did not return...Redd, an 89 percent free-throw shooter on the season, and a career 85-percent shooter, was fouled attempting a three in the last minute of regulation. He missed all three free throws...The Bucks had 20 turnovers, leading to 27 Kings points.
12/19 23:53:51 ET