MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chris Webber made his return from an injury a
''Chris does so much for us,'' Kings coach Rick Adelman said
after his star forward played 33 minutes. ''Hopefully, his knee is
a thing of the past.''
Webber, who had a bruised left knee, shot 9-for-22, but it was
his defensive presence, rebounding and looking for his teammates
that helped pace the Kings' attack.
''The first four minutes I was sucking wind,'' he said. ''I had
so much adrenalin pumping, but I settled down.''
Ray Allen, playing on two sore ankles, led Milwaukee with 16
points, and Tim Thomas added 13. It wasn't enough as the Bucks, who
were without point guard Sam Cassell, finished with their lowest
point total this season. The previous low was 78 on Dec. 3 at
Allen finished six points below his average.
''We wanted to make sure Allen didn't have a big game,'' Webber
said. ''And, just see what the other guys could do.''
After Allen and Thomas, the Kings effectively stopped everyone
Bucks coach George Karl emptied his bench in the second half,
looking for some spark.
While he was certainly happy to be back, Webber said another hurdle would be how he felt after a night of rest.
''It wasn't like anything was broken,'' he said. ''It really
scared me from the point that it really hurt and I didn't have my
Leading 56-44 at the half, the Kings stayed in control by
outscoring Milwaukee 21-12 in the third quarter. Webber had six
points and Bibby five including a layup that made it 72-52 with
4:16 left in the third.
''We didn't do our part on either end of the court,'' Karl said.
''We played a heck of a basketball team that seems to be on a big-time mission.''
Sacramento outrebounded Milwaukee, had more assists and steals
and forced more turnovers while protecting the ball throughout the
Jim Jackson's jump shot early in the fourth gave the Kings a
21-point lead and the reserves never let it slip below that
double-digit margin the rest of the way.
Webber started a 10-0 run in the first quarter with a jump shot
and finished it with another jumper and a layup as Sacramento took
a 21-7 lead with 4:41 left in the opening period. Bibby made
consecutive layups, and Vlade Divac hit a short jumper during the
run as the Kings capitalized on three Milwaukee turnovers.
Sacramento also took advantage of the absence of Cassell and his
20.3 points a game average. The Bucks' offense looked flat in the
first as they shot 7-for-19 from the floor for 36.8 percent while
the Kings were 12-for-22 for 54.5 percent.
''They are missing Sam which hurts them,'' Adelman said. ''We
wanted to just keep a hand in their face and not allow easy
Cassell, who missed a game Dec. 7 with a strained right hip
flexor, was out with lower back pain. ... The Kings outscored the
Bucks 18-2 from the paint in the first quarter. ... Jones got a
technical with 2:47 left to play when he walked over to the Bucks'
bench and rolled the ball toward the team.
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