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March 23, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Bucks)

By Jason Jones
jejones@sacbee.com

By Jason Jones
jejones@sacbee.com

FINAL
Kings 97, Bucks 90

MILWAUKEE - The Kings held the Bucks to 34 points in the second half to improve to 2-1 on their five-game road trip.

The Kings were able to control the game with their size in the frontcourt. Sacramento (18-52) outrebounded the Bucks, 47-42, and outscored Milwaukee (28-42) 54-34 in the paint.

Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 27 points. He's scored 20 or more in six of his last seven games. Beno Udrih added 25 points and six assists. Samuel Dalembert had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Carlos Delfino led the Bucks with 30 points to match his career high. But Delfino had only eight points after halftime with Donte Greene drawing the defensive assignment late in the game.

The Kings starting guards outscored the Bucks duo of Brandon Jennings and John Salmons 52-14.


THIRD QUARTER
Kings 75, Bucks 74

MILWAUKEE - The Kings opened third quarter on a 16-6 run that gave them a 69-62 lead. After a hot start, the Bucks continue to score at a slower pace. Since scoring 32 points in the first quarter, the Bucks had 24 points in the second and 18 in the third.

*Beno Udrih continues to abuse the Bucks' defense. Udrih has 22 points. Marcus Thornton has 18 points for the Kings.

*The Kings succeeded in not getting torched by Carlos Delfino in the third quarter. He's stuck on 22 points, all from the first half.

*The Kings had a flurry of turnovers late that helped the Bucks stay within a point. Sacramento has 13 turnovers.

HALFTIME
Bucks 56, Kings 53

MILWAUKEE - The Kings shot 64.3 percent in the second quarter to put some heat on the Bucks, who need to win to keep their playoff hopes in tact.

Beno Udrih and Marcus Thornton each scored nine points in the quarter. Udrih now leads the Kings with 15 points and Thornton has 14 points. DeMarcus Cousins has 11 points and five rebounds.

*Brandon Jennings hasn't hurt the Kings by scoring. It's been Carlos Delfino. He has 22 points to lead all scorers. Andrew Bogut and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute both have 11 points. Jennings does have a game-high five assists.

*The Kings held the Bucks to 50 percent shooting in the second quarter which qualifies as a major improvement. The Bucks shot 70 percent most of the first quarter and are now "down" to 54.5 percent. The Kings are shooting 50 percent for the game.

*Omri Casspi did not play in the first half. Donte Greene played 12 minutes. The small forward shuffle behind Francisco Garcia continues.

FIRST QUARTER
Bucks 32, Kings 25

MILWAUKEE - The Kings haven't exactly shaken off any reminder of how the Bulls picked them apart Monday night.

Milwaukee is shooting 68.4 percent with the lesser renowned Bucks doing the work. Carlos Delfino has 12 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has nine points.

*The Kings have a size advantage on whoever Mbah a Moute defends. That wad DeMarcus Cousins most of the first quarter and Cousins responded with eight points. Samuel Dalembert made his only field goal when Mbah a Moute.

*Apparently Donte Greene has shown well enough lately to move up the depth chart a bit. Greene replaced Francisco Garcia when he picked up his second foul instead of Omri Casspi.

*For those who missed my Tweet, Tyreke Evans is out tonight but probable for Friday's game at Indiana.



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