Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Friday, November 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 8th

Bucks 82

(5-3, 3-2 away)

Kings 103

(4-5, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 22 22 21 1782
    SAC 31 17 29 26103

    Top Performers

    Mil: J. Smith 21 Pts, 7 Reb

    Sac: B. Miller 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Kings lead wire-to-wire, dispatch Bucks

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells lofted an alley-oop pass toward Peja Stojakovic, who clearly had no intention of going up to get it. Stojakovic somehow saved the wild throw, flipping it back to Wells -- who dropped it out of bounds.

    The Sacramento Kings are still getting to know each other, but both Stojakovic and Wells could afford to laugh. Their blooper-reel folly was just about the only miscommunication in a smooth 103-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

    Stojakovic scored 19 points, Mike Bibby had 17 and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time this season, playing impressive defense and executing their motion offense with sophistication and vigor. Even the occasional mistake, such as that ill-conceived alley-oop, couldn't ruin the glow of a strong effort for a team that started the season 2-5.

    "I thought he pointed up (at the basket), like, 'Throw it," Wells said with a grin and a shrug. "Maybe I was seeing things."

    "I was pointing at the floor. Bounce pass," Stojakovic cracked.

    "That's the first time in seven years I've ever seen anybody throw Peja an alley-oop," coach Rick Adelman said of his ground-bound Serbian shooter.

    Brad Miller added 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who followed up a 36-point win over Utah with another wire-to-wire win over the Bucks, who never led while losing for just the third time this season.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Wells added 11 points to cap a strong night for all five starters. Sacramento played perhaps its most complete game of the season, finishing with a season-high 31 assists while slowing the Bucks' two favorite offensive ploys: T.J. Ford's dribble penetration and Michael Redd's jumpers off big screens.

    "That's the way we have to play to win," Adelman said. "It's about the whole team playing together. We talk about having to trust each other, and we did that."

    Joe Smith had a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds in the Bucks' third stop on a four-game West Coast trip. Two nights earlier, Milwaukee snapped a 17-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams with a 90-87 win at Golden State.

    Sacramento broke open a close game late in the third quarter, jumping to a 77-63 lead on Kenny Thomas' jumper in the final minute. The Kings led by 20 points early in the fourth before coasting into their eighth victory in their last nine meetings with the Bucks.

    "No, we didn't play too well on offense, and I think it stemmed from our defensive effort as well," Redd said. "We didn't do a good enough job of shutting them down and getting on fast breaks. So give them credit, but at the same time, we had an off night."

    Redd, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, had 18 points but struggled to get open against Bibby, Wells and Stojakovic. Jamaal Magloire had 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Bobby Simmons went 2-for-12.

    "Everything we did wasn't clicking," said No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut, who had just three points and eight rebounds but played solid defense. "Their offense was probably the best they've played all year. I think they flowed well."

    After a tough early season schedule that included three weeks between games at Arco Arena, the Kings are 3-1 early in a stretch with 12 of 14 games at home. Following Sunday's trip to Seattle, the Kings won't leave Northern California for 20 days, with eight home games and a trip to Golden State.

    Sacramento led by 12 points in the first quarter with its second straight fast start, but Milwaukee got within one point before Miller's 3-pointer 1.2 seconds before halftime.

    Game notes

    Stojakovic sprained his pinky finger in the second half, but kept playing. "It shouldn't be serious, but sometimes it's the small things that bother you on your shot," he said. He didn't make a 3-pointer for the first time this season. ... Miller has more 3-pointers this season (2) than Wells (1). ... During a 2½-year stretch in Chris Webber's heyday with the Kings, Milwaukee was the only Eastern Conference team to win at Arco Arena. Sacramento is 58-5 at home against the East since 2001-02.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 103
    FGM-FGA 31-84 (.369) 40-78 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 1-13 (.077)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 22-30 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 10-46
    Assists 18 31
    Turnovers 19 16
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 9 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 22

    Top Performers

    Joe Smith Smith
    Points: 21
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 16
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3