NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 19th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (11-14) at Milwaukee Bucks (11-13), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Sacramento hopes to cure its road woes in Beer City Saturday when the team takes on Milwaukee in a matchup that features the NBA's two top rookies, the Kings' Tyreke Evans and the Bucks' Brandon Jennings.
The Kings fell to a Western Conference-worst 1-11 as the visitor on Friday in Minneapolis when Kevin Love poured in 20 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, and dished out five assists, as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed Sacramento, 112-96.
Omri Casspi chipped in 21 points for the Kings, who have dropped eight straight on the road. Jason Thompson tallied 18 points and nine rebounds while Beno Udrih added 18 points off the bench for Sacramento, which shot 42.9 percent from the field.
"Bad game for us tonight. Our defense was a step behind all night. Give Minnesota credit, they out played us. They played great, we did not play great and that's what happens in this league. I don't know if we're tired or if we are believing all the good things people are saying about us, we just had a bad game," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said.
The Bucks, meanwhile, lost their second straight tough game in Cleveland last night when LeBron James was two assists shy of a triple- double, ending with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight helpers, as the Cavaliers held on to beat Milwaukee, 85-82.
Ersan Ilyasova and Jennings each had 18 points to pace the Bucks, who were coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Jennings also had eight assists but hit just 5-of-21 from the floor and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds.
"We had opportunities," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "Our last shot was a terrible shot. We didn't play well enough. We needed more guys to play well than what we got."
Jennings, the 10th overall pick in June's draft, is averaging a team-leading 20.5 points per game while Evans, No. 4 overall, is netting a team best 19.8 points but was held to 10 points against the Timberwolves.
The Kings, whose lone road win came on Nov. 7 in Utah, have lost two of their past three trips to Milwaukee. Meanwhile the Bucks are 9-4 and averaging 104.3 points at the Bradley Center vs. a 2-9 record and 91.2 scoring average on the road.
12/19 10:34:00 ET