SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 23 (Ticker) --
The Sacramento Kings
probably figured the slumping Milwaukee Bucks were no threat to
their home-court winning streak against the Eastern Conference.
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scored 26 points and Keith Van Horn
had 22 and 11
rebounds as the Bucks snapped a season-high five-game losing
streak with an unlikely 112-101 victory over the Kings at Arco
Sacramento had won 29 straight home games against the Eastern
Conference since losing to Indiana on March 3, 2002. Milwaukee
entered Tuesday having lost its last five road games and was
just 10-24 away from home this season.
"We were talking about it before the game a little bit, how
they've dominated Eastern teams in this building," said
Milwaukee coach Terry Porter, a former Sacramento assistant. "I
guess the law of averages is going to catch up with them
eventually. We just really needed the win, for our confidence.
Hopefully, it's something that will continue to build for us."
The Bucks, who lost to the Lakers in overtime on Sunday, never
trailed as they outplayed the league's best team. They shot 51
percent (43-of-84) from the floor and held a 44-36 edge on the
glass, led by Van Horn.
"We just played very poorly at the defensive end and they pretty
much had their way," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "Everything
was trouble. They beat us off the dribble, they were 1-on-1,
they isolated, they posted up and played pick-and-roll. We just
could never make any stops."
Milwaukee was clinging to an 88-86 edge early in the fourth
quarter before scoring 10 of the next 12 points. Van Horn had
seven points during the spurt, capping it with a pair of free
throws for a 98-88 cushion with 6:13 left.
The Bucks made 11-of-12 free throws in the final 3 1/2 minutes,
including six in a row from Joe Smith
, and held on for just
their second win in 10 games.
"It was a big win for us," Van Horn said. "We've been on a slide
of late and we finally started playing the type of basketball
we're capable of playing. Hopefully we can play like this the
rest of the year."
Smith collected 20 points and nine rebounds as the Bucks (35-35)
remained 1 1/2 games behind fourth-place New Orleans in the
Eastern Conference playoff race.
scored 27 points and Peja Stojakovic
added 21 for the
Kings (51-19), who lost for the fourth time in seven games and
fell one-half game behind Indiana for the league's best record.
fell just shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 10
rebounds and eight assists. But he made only 7-of-23 shots and
did not have a rebound in the second half.
The Kings, who visit the Lakers on Wednesday, play seven of
their next nine games against teams headed to the playoffs.
"We have to win games and it doesn't matter who it is," Adelman
said. "We've got to win our home games, we've got to keep