Wednesday , Mar , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee bucks trend of Eastern futility at ARCO

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 26 points and Keith Van
Horn added 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks led wire-to-wire
in a 112-101 win over Sacramento at ARCO Arena.

Joe Smith netted a season-high 20 points to go with his nine rebounds as the
Bucks snapped a five-game skid to become the first Eastern Conference team to
beat Sacramento on its homecourt in over two years.

“As well as they play in this building, this is big for our confidence,” said
Bucks head coach Terry Porter. “This is a good sign for us.”

With the win, Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games behind New Orleans for the all-
important fourth seed in the conference. The Hornets defeated Detroit earlier
Tuesday.

Mike Bibby topped all scorers with 27 points for the Kings, who had their
brief two-game win streak snapped. Peja Stojakovic added 21 and Chris Webber
recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. The loss, combined with
a win by Minnesota, cut the Kings’ lead for first place overall in the Western
Conference to two games over the Timberwolves.

It was a two-point game, 90-88, with eight-plus minutes remaining when Smith
punctuated a 13-1 surge to help put the Kings away. Sacramento went over five
minutes without a field goal until a Brad Miller lay-in narrowed the gap to
103-93 with 2:56 to play, but the home team couldn’t get much closer the rest
of the way.

“We played out of our minds tonight,” Redd said. “We played really well, and
we were due for a big win. Tonight we got it.”

Van Horn scored the game’s first four points to help Milwaukee open a
13-3 margin as Sacramento didn’t hit a shot for almost four minutes.

The Bucks maintained a 10-point advantage until Bibby scored seven straight
points during a 9-2 spurt that brought the Kings within 29-26 with less than a
minute to go in the opening stanza.

Redd scored three of his 10 first-quarter points in the final 33 seconds to
stake the Bucks to a 32-26 edge after one.

Leading 34-30 early in the second, Desmond Mason netted six points in a row to
key a 13-4 run, which was capped off by a Van Horn three that made it a 13-
point game with 4:53 to play before halftime.

Sacramento responded with a 16-3 rally to tie the game at 50 apiece with just
over a minute remaining. Webber, who had 11 points in the half, combined with
Anthony Peeler for 11 during the stretch.

Damon Jones drained a trey with three ticks left to give the Bucks a 53-50
edge at the break.

Bibby led all scorers with 14 points, while Mason paced Milwaukee with 11.

Milwaukee opened up a nine-point advantage, 72-63, on a Smith jumper inside
the eight-minute mark of the third stanza.

The Kings scored eight of the next 10 points to draw within three at 74-71
with a minute left in the third, but two free throws by Van Horn made it 78-73
heading into the final quarter.

Sacramento pulled within a point early in the fourth but never seized the
lead.

The Kings’ last loss to an Eastern Conference team at ARCO came at the hands
of the Indiana Pacers on March 3, 2002.

MIL SAC