Alexander fires Bucks past Kings
LAS VEGAS -- The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Sacramento Kings, 91-86, in the nightcap at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Joe Alexander led the Bucks with 24 points, shooting eight-of-ten and Jodie Meeks chipped in with 20, but Brandon Jennings' double-double of 13 points and 14 assists headlined the outing for Milwaukee. Jennings scored 10 of his points in the second half and was three steals short of a triple-double outing.
Tyreke Evans led all scorers with 33 points, including 17 from the stripe, dished out seven assists and pulled down nine boards, but his effort couldn't push his Kings past Jennings and the Bucks.
In the fourth quarter, the Kings battled back from a seven-point third quarter hole to come within two, 74-76 with five minutes to play, but were unable to regain the lead. With under two minutes to play Sacramento pulled back within four points, 84-80, but Meeks hustled down the floor and drilled a three-pointer to give Milwaukee a commanding seven point lead.
The teams came out sluggish in the first quarter, with Milwaukee jumping out to an early lead. The Kings scored only 10 points in the games first seven minutes to the Bucks' 13. From there the Kings took off, though, going on a 10-0 run to end the quarer up, 20-13. Jon Brockman scored seven of the team's 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Tyreke Evans also scored seven points in the first.
The Kings scored a quick five points to start the second period, stretching their run to 15-0 before Szymon Szewczyk broke the streak when he connected from downtown for the Bucks. Milwaukee cut the lead to as few as three, 32-29, when Szewczyk again drained a long three with 4:44 to play in the half, but Sacramento withstood the run on the back of Marcus Landry, who exploded in the second period, shooting four-of-five from the floor and scoring all of his 11 first-half points in the quarter.
The Bucks tied it up in the opening minutes of the second half when Meeks netted a running lay-up to tied the score at 43 with 8:27 to play. From there, the teams traded buckets before Milwaukee took their first lead, 53-51, since the opening minutes of the first quarter and continued on a 10-0 run to lead the Kings 57-51 with 4:26 to play. Brandon Jennings orchestrated the Milwaukee run, dishing out five assists in the first four minutes of the third. Wesley Matthews paced the Kings in the third with 10 points during the period. The Bucks finished the quarter up seven, 67-60.