Bucks vs Kings
Lead Changes: 11
Times Tied: 4
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 14,122
Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the loss
We got off to a pretty good start offensively but it was a little bit of fools gold. They (Sacramento) werent very sharp early in the game defensively and we took advantage of it like we had to, but our defense was very poor basically start to finish. We just didnt have the type of intensity and focus youd like to see and understanding the enormity of the game, we were kind of passive out there. Once they kind of got control of the game it was hard for us to come back and then we made some critical mistakes as well.

On other factors that led to the loss
A lot of trouble just verbalizing our coverages, talking to each other. We were very quiet tonight. Any good defensive team is not quiet, theyre a talkative group and normally were playing good defense, were very talkative and we kind of just went all inward and it hurts for sure.

Guard John Salmons

On the loss
We just didnt bring it today. Thats what it comes down to. We just didnt come out with a sense of urgency like we had and we thought we would turn it up at the end, trying to flip a switch. But we couldnt do it.

On preparing for two critical games coming up
Weve just got to stay with it. Were coming to practice tomorrow, getting some work in and see what we did wrong today.

Forward Larry Sanders

On whether Sacramentos defense or rebounding was more effective in their win
I think it was the defense. I think they came out with an energy that we had to match and I think in the beginning we kept it pretty consistent to them and by the time we had to catch up it was a little too late.

On the two games coming up
Thats the beautiful thing about the NBA. You can have a loss and then play right away. Theres no time to dwell on this loss. We go back in the lab, we finish some things we want to do. Were practicing and then well go at it again in New York.

  • Tonight was the last game of the Bucks home stand. They went 2-2 in that span and now fall to 28-42 on the season (three games back of Indiana for the final playoff spot).

  • After one quarter, the Bucks led the Kings 32-25 due to Milwaukees 68.4 percent (13-19) from the field. Carlos Delfino followed up his career high 30 points from Sunday by scoring 12 points (5-6) in the quarter.

  • Both teams shot the ball well in the first half (each making over 50 percent of their shots). Carlos Delfino led the way for Milwaukee scoring 22 points while Beno Udrih led Sacramento with 15. Both teams had minimal production from their bench in the first 24 minutes (Milwaukee six points, Sacramento 11 points).

  • With 33.9 seconds left in the second quarter, Andrew Bogut blocked a shot from DeMarcus Cousins. The block was the 600th for Bogut who joins only two other Bucks in franchise history for 600 career blocks (Alton Lister 804 and Harvey Catchings 710).

  • Sacramento came out after the half with an energized defense and took an eight point lead with four minutes left in the third quarter (holding the Bucks to only six points during that span); however, Milwaukee was able to cut their lead to one after three quarters.

  • The Kings clamped down defensively on Carlos Delfino in the second half. They held him to only three made field goals (3-9) and eight points in the second half. He finished tied for his career high with 30 points.

  • After leaving the game with back spasms in the second quarter, Larry Sanders returned in the third and scored eight points. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

  • The Kings backcourt duo was the key to their win tonight. Marcus Thorton and Beno Udrih combined for 52 of the Kings 97 points. It was the complete opposite for Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings and John Salmons only had 14 combined points.

  • DeMarcus Cousins has now scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games and Samuel Dalembert has record four double-doubles in the past seven games (he finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds tonight).

  • Rebounding was another factor in tonights game. Sacramento came into tonight as the leagues second leading team in both offensive rebounds (13.1) and second chance points (15.8). They surpassed both those totals tonight grabbing 17 offensive rebounds which led to 16 second chance points.

  • Carlos Delfino has scored 86 points in the past three games (30, 30 and 26). During that span he has connected on 19 three pointers.

DEL-3-NO STRIKES AGAIN How did Carlos Delfino (aka Del-3-no) follow up his 26-point, eight 3-pointer (fourthhighest in the NBA this year and third in Bucks franchise history) effort from Friday (March 18 vs. NJ)? He produced a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds on Sunday (March 20 vs. NY). Del-3-no added six 3-pointers on Sunday and has connected on 63.6 percent of his long-range attempts in his last two (14-22) In 37 games this season, Del-3-no leads the team with 79 makes from three and his 2.1 3-pointers per game would be sixth in the league if he had enough games to qualify. He has 11 games of three or more 3-pointers this season and the Bucks are 8-3 in those tilts.

DUO BY DESIGN Over the last three games Milwaukees backcourt duo of Brandon Jennings (17.7 points, 9.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds) and John Salmons (23.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds) have combined to average 40.7 points, 14.0 assists and 11.0 rebounds. Those numbers account for 40.8 percent of the Bucks points (122/299), 61.8 percent of the assists (42/68) and 28.2 percent of the rebounds (33/117). In those three, Salmons has shot 55.8 percent from the floor (29-52) and 50.0 percent from three (5-10) while Jennings has knocked down 42.6 percent from the field (20-47) and 84.6 from the free throw line (11-13).

THREE-CRET TO MY SUCCESS Threes have been the secret to the Bucks success this season, going 15-9 when they sink seven or more 3-pointers and 19-14 when they make at least six. In each of their last six wins theyve made at least six 3-pointers and shot 36.8 percent or better from three. In their last three contests theyve shot 47.2 percent from 3-point range (17-36). See the stat box to the right for more on those games.

MOUT-ILITY PLAYER Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has done a little of everything for the Bucks in his last 10 tilts. Mbah a Moute has averaged 10.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.4 assists in those 10 (Feb. 26, Mar. 6-20). Those numbers are all beyond his season averages of 6.3 points, 5.4 boards, 0.9 steal and 1.0 assist. The third-year pro has done all of that while shooting 49.4 percent from the field (40-81) and leading the team in free throws made (29) and attempted (37 78.4 percent). Six of his 17 double-figure scoring games this year have been in this stretch. On Sunday Mbah a Moute finished with 19 points (two off his career-high) along with career-highs in free throws made and attempted (13) and equaled his career best in blocks (three) while also adding eight boards, three assists and three steals. His 13-13 effort from the line were the most makes by a Bucks player without a miss since Michael Redd was 15-15 at the line on December 23, 2009 against Washington. Since 1986-87 15 makes/attempts are the most for a Bucks player (three times), Redd has also gone 14-14 twice in that time and Mbah a Moute is one of five players to go 13-13.

NEARING NUMBERS A few milestones are on the horizon for Bucks players: Andrew Bogut (599) is one block away from joining Alton Lister (804) and Harvey Catchings (710) as the only Bucks with 600-plus blocks in franchise history. Brandon Jennings (223) is nine 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history Carlos Delfino (207) is also chasing Kukoc and Mayberry for that spot. Delfino (297) is three steals away from 300 while John Salmons (597) is steals three from 600 and Keyon Dooling (443) is seven steals from 450.

  • The Bucks (2-1) close out a four-game homestand against the Kings. Following this weekends road/home back-to-back with New York and Chicago, the Bucks close the season with seven of 10 games on the road.

  • Brandon Jennings missed a triple-double by one assist on Sunday (14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists) and is averaging a team-best 16.5 points in March along with 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He recorded his second consecutive double-double on Sunday and now has six this season (eight in his career).

  • Over the last two games Carlos Delfino is averaging 28.0 points while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (17-26) and 63.6 from three (14-22). Hes also adding 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

  • The Bucks are in the final stretch of a busy March that has 16 games scheduled (10 at home). The last time they had more then 16 games in a month was January 2009 (18). Theyre currently 6-5 with five games remaining (two at home and three on the road).

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has had at least one steal in the last six games and 10 of the last 11 games. Over the last six hes averaging 2.5 steals (15). Over Carlos Delfinos last 11 games hes averaging 2.1 steals (23).

  • On Sunday the Bucks had all of their starters reach double-figures for the second consecutive game and the sixth time this season. Milwaukee is now 5-1 when the starters all reach double-figures.
Mbah a Moute
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Chris Douglas-Roberts Right ankle sprain
Ersan Ilyasova Concussion
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Tyreke Evans Plantar fasciitis
Hassan Whiteside Left patellar tendon

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