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Friday, March 19th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (36-30) at Sacramento Kings (23-45), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Winning was becoming a habit for the Milwaukee Bucks until a recent letdown in Los Angeles. Now, Scott Skiles' club hopes to get back on the winning track as they continue a three-game road trip in Sacramento.

Chris Kaman scored 20 points on Wednesday night as the Clippers surged in the fourth quarter to snap an eight-game skid with a surprising 101-93 win over the Bucks.

Brandon Jennings scored 21 and John Salmons had 20 points for the Bucks, who lost for the first time in seven games but continued to hold onto the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Andrew Bogut chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

"It was an embarrassment, we didn't come to play," Skiles said. "Brandon tried to get us in the game, but it wasn't even as close as the score. They dominated."

Overall, the Bucks have won 12 of their last 14 games and haven't lost back- to-back affairs in over two months.

The Kings, meanwhile, are playing out the string and fell to 2-2 on a five- game homestand on Tuesday when Kobe Bryant posted a near triple-double and Pau Gasol ended with 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting, as the duo led the LA Lakers past the Kings, 106-99.

Rookie of the Year candidate Tyreke Evans had another balanced game with 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine helpers for the Kings, who are 17-17 on their home floor this season. Carl Landry deposited 15 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Jason Thompson chipped in 14 and 10 in defeat.

"We had a chance of winning if we hit more shots," Landry said. "Any time we lose we're not happy."

Sacramento did earn a hard-fought 96-95 win in Brew City back in December when Evans sank an acrobatic layup with just 0.9 seconds left. The Kings will be shooting for a sweep of the home-and-home season series against the Bucks tonight, a year after Milwaukee accomplished the same feat.

03/19 10:30:40 ET

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