Sunday , Nov , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks win home opener by topping Kings

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd, Charlie Villanueva, and Andrew
Bogut all scored 20-plus points, as the Milwaukee Bucks won their home opener
by trouncing the Sacramento Kings, 104-91.

The Bucks shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, led by Michael
Redd, who scored 18 of his team-high 26 in the half on 6-for-11 shooting,
including 4-for-5 from behind the arc.

Bogut ended with 21 points and eight rebounds and Mo Williams had 15 points
and 12 assists for the Bucks.

Villanueva scored 25 and pulled in seven rebounds despite a calf injury that
kept him out of the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s 109-92 loss in Toronto
Friday. The Bucks have won two of their first three.

As for his injury, Villanueva said, “I just played through it. I let the
adrenaline kick in and I’ll make sure I get treatment after it and I’ll be
fine.”

Bogut and the Bucks dominated the third quarter, as he scored 15 of
Milwaukee’s 37 points to turn a six-point halftime deficit into a 15-point
Buck lead going into the fourth. The Kings only managed 16 points in the third
quarter.

“I think a lack of size hurt us rebounding-wise,” said Sacramento head coach
Eric Musselman. “Milwaukee played an excellent game.”

The Milwaukee lead, which swelled to 19 late in the fourth quarter, never fell
below double digits late in the final period.

John Salmons came off the Sacramento bench to lead all Kings reserves with 18
points. Kevin Martin and Shareef Abdur-Rahim each scored 15 for the Kings, who
have lost two of their first three.

Two Ron Artest steals fueled an 8-0 Kings run to stretch their lead to 10 at
52-42 with 1:25 left in the first half. The Bucks were able to cut the lead to
six, though, at 55-49 going into halftime.

Artest picked up two quick personal fouls in the game’s first three minutes,
and the Bucks took advantage of his absence to take a 30-27 lead into the
second quarter.

Game Notes

Milwaukee had lost its last four, and nine of its last 10, to
Sacramento…Redd missed his first free throw of the year in the first
quarter. He had hit his first 12 in a row…Milwaukee actually shot better
from behind the three-point-arc than from the field overall, 52.9 percent to
52.8.

MIL SAC