SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It took more than two years for an
Eastern Conference team to win at Arco Arena.
The loss snapped Sacramento's 29-game home winning streak
against Eastern Conference teams, dating back to a 97-86 loss to
Indiana on March 3, 2002.
No one had to remind Bucks rookie head coach Terry Porter about
the Kings' dominance. He was an assistant coach last season in
"Some of our coaches were talking about it before the game,
they had dominated Eastern Conference teams in this building,"
Porter said. "As well as they play in this building, this is big
for our confidence. This is a good sign for us."
Milwaukee, which had lost five straight and eight of nine,
handed the Kings their 20th loss of the season and knocked them a
half-game behind Indiana for the league's best record.
"We've got to win our home games, we've got to keep winning,"
Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They just had their way with us at
the offensive end."
Unlike the teams' previous meeting, a wild offensive slugfest
won by Sacramento 124-117, this time the Bucks managed to frustrate
the Kings, who shot 44 percent and had only six fast-break points.
Milwaukee, which shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Kings
44-36, raced out to a 15-3 lead and never trailed. The best
Sacramento could do was tie the game at 50-50 before Damon Jones
made a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to give Milwaukee a 53-50
"I was on the other side last year and I saw how frustrated
teams were every night when they left this building," said Jones,
a reserve last year for the Kings. "Against them, you need to
control the tempo, control the clock. We were able to do that,
especially when they were making runs at us."
Joe Smith had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who
scored eight straight points to take a 98-88 lead with 6:14
Desmond Mason scored 16 points and Jones added 11 points and six
"We played out of our minds tonight," Redd said. "We played
really well. But we've been playing pretty solid basketball for a
little bit now. And we were due for a big win. Tonight we got it."
"That's something we have to work on and get better at, we
can't be down 10 (points) all the time and expect to come back,"
Miller said. "Lately we have been digging a lot of holes and then
we just have to fight, fight to get back."<
^Notes@: Milwaukee shot 71 percent (15-of-21) to take a 32-26
first-quarter lead. ... Kings guard Bobby Jackson, last season's
Sixth Man of the Year, has not played the last 18 games due to an
abdominal injury. ... Mason came off the Bucks bench for 11 points
in the first half. Stojakovic made 4-of-7 3-point attempts.
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