Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/7

Game 1: Tuesday, January 7th
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Game 2: Tuesday, February 18th
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Bucks 93

(27-25, 11-13 away)

Kings 102

(37-18, 21-5 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2003

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 28 26 23 1693
    SAC 26 30 21 25102

    Top Performers

    Mil: T. Kukoc 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sac: V. Divac 21 Pts, 19 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Adelman has bucket of ice ready for Divac after win

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A matchup of two high-flying teams was decided by ground-bound Vlade Divac, who's been his most resourceful while the Sacramento Kings have desperately needed him.

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    Divac had 21 points and 19 rebounds, and Bobby Jackson broke his slump with five straight points down the stretch of the Kings' 102-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

    Divac had another outstanding game, playing 39 minutes -- a high total for a 35-year-old center. The Kings need him, though, as Chris Webber and Scot Pollard are out with injuries, so Divac posted a season high in rebounds while helping Sacramento hang on.

    "They didn't have an answer for Vlade,'' Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "He was real aggressive tonight. We'll put him in a bath of ice tomorrow and keep him away from the court.''

    Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and Mike Bibby had 21 as the Kings won for the third time in four games on a seven-game homestand. But the offense revolved around Divac, who had one of his best games in years.

    Divac followed an outstanding effort in Sunday's loss to San Antonio with good play at both ends. He used his array of slippery inside moves to score regularly, and he passed the ball with his usual flair.

    "It's been 10 years since I had a 20-20 night,'' Divac said. "The last time was with the Lakers, my second year in the league. I realize we needed to be really aggressive on offense, especially the big guys, because they don't have anyone to guard us. As the game went on, I felt like I could score pretty easily.''

    In an entertaining, uptempo meeting of two of the NBA's highest-scoring teams, neither team held a lead larger than five points until Jackson followed a layup with a 3-pointer with 3:28 to play, putting Sacramento up 96-90.

    Jackson, the Kings' second-leading scorer, had struggled since returning from a hand injury last week.

    The Bucks opened a West Coast road trip of four games in five nights with a poor shooting performance. Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and Tim Thomas were a combined 14-for-42 from the field, with Allen scoring just 17 points and missing five of his seven 3-pointers. Cassell had 13 points and seven rebounds.

    "We played as hard as we've played in a while, but we just couldn't make open shots,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We're a shot-making team, so that takes away our strength. We stayed in the game mostly because we got a lot of offensive rebounds.''

    Toni Kukoc had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who lost their fourth straight to the Kings. Milwaukee had won 13 of its last 17 games, but the Bucks made just two field goals in the final 6:08 as Sacramento ended the game with an 11-3 run.

    "We missed a lot of easy shots,'' Allen said. "We had all these wide open looks. Any time we can get them, we've got to be satisfied, but we've still got to make them.''

    Both teams played without their starting power forwards. Anthony Mason sat out after coming down with strep throat, while Webber sat behind the Kings' bench for the ninth straight game with a sprained ankle.

    Sacramento and Milwaukee are among the NBA's five highest-scoring teams, and they played a fittingly entertaining game. The lead changed hands 22 times, and there were 20 ties.

    Sacramento, the NBA's best rebounding team, was outrebounded 49-42, but the Kings made enough big shots to hold on. As the final buzzer sounded, Cassell spiked the ball on the court in frustration.

    Game notes


    Thomas went 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. ... Before the game, Bibby said he would accept an invitation to join the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. He and Karl Malone are expected to be added to a roster that already includes Allen. ... The Bucks scored just 76 points in their loss to the Kings in January. Milwaukee had 76 points in the third quarter Tuesday night. ... Stojakovic went 9-for-11 from the field in the first half, but he didn't have a field goal in the second half until his layup with 32 seconds left. The two-time 3-point shootout champion went 2-for-8 on 3-pointers. ... Milwaukee's Kevin Ollie hasn't committed a turnover in nine straight games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    SAC
    Points 93 102
    FGM-FGA 35-93 (.376) 41-79 (.519)
    3PM-3PA 6-28 (.214) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 12-22 (.545)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-49 8-42
    Assists 16 24
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    Sacramento
    Toni Kukoc Kukoc
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Vlade Divac Divac
    Points: 21
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1