Webber, Stojakovic help Kings rout Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Life on the road is getting better for the
Sacramento Kings.

Predrag Stojakovic scored 21 points and Chris Webber had 20 points
and 15 rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 98-73 rout of
the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

"That's about as solid as we've played on the road in a
while," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said as the Kings kicked off
a five-game road trip. "If we're going to stay up with the people
in the West, we've got to win these games on the road."

Sacramento's 25-point margin of victory was its largest of the
season on the road.

"This is the first road game all season that we really played
well," Stojakovic said. "We talked about how we have to take our
practice game into the real game and play hard. Go hard out there
and I think that's what we did."

Bobby Jackson finished with 15 points in a reserve role, and
Mike Bibby added 13 points as the Kings improved their league-best
record to 44-17 and evened their road record at 14-14.

"I really liked the way our team played, controlled the
tempo," Adelman said.

Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell combined to shoot
20-for-44 and each scored 14 points for the Bucks. Allen overcame a
1-for-10 start to finish 6-for-18.

Milwaukee absorbed its worst home loss of the season, surpassing
a 98-82 setback to Minnesota on Nov. 10.

"I'd have to say it's one of the lowest points in the last four
years since we've been winning," Allen said after the Bucks lost
for the third time in four games.

Leading by seven in the third quarter, Sacramento used an 11-0
run to push its lead to 67-49. The Kings added an 8-0 run, and
Jackson's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave them a 78-53 lead after
three quarters.

Jackson scored the first two field goals of the fourth quarter
to give the Kings a 29-point lead, their biggest of the game.

The Bucks started the game 1-for-11 and trailed 11-2 early
before closing within 25-20 after one quarter.

The Kings led by as many as 14 in the second quarter and had a
46-34 lead at halftime.

"When we didn't make shots early on, we lost our confidence out
there," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "That's kind of been
our Achilles heal this year. Tonight, I thought our offense was the

"Defensively we were OK, but missing shots got us down early
and we never recovered."

Stojakovic scored 14 first-half points and Webber nearly
completed a double-double before halftime, finishing with 11 points
and nine rebounds.

"We know they're a jump-shooting team and we are a little more
fortunate that we have a little more presence inside," Webber
said. "We missed a lot of shots, too, but we executed well and got
a good win today."

Game notes

Milwaukee F Tim Thomas played only 3 minutes in the first
quarter and didn't return because of a sprained right knee. ... The
Bucks activated C Greg Foster, who missed 50 games because of a
bulging disc, and placed G Rafer Alston on the injured list with a
sore right Achilles. Foster, who went on the injured list Nov. 28,
played the final 3:19 Sunday. ... Milwaukee leads the series with
Sacramento 72-41. ... Stojakovic, who scored 29 points in
Sacramento's 115-101 victory over the Bucks in their first meeting
this season, had 12 in the first quarter Sunday.

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