SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bonzi Wells lofted an alley-oop pass
toward Peja Stojakovic, who clearly had no intention of going up to
get it. Stojakovic somehow saved the wild throw, flipping it back
to Wells -- who dropped it out of bounds.
The Sacramento Kings are still getting to know each other, but
both Stojakovic and Wells could afford to laugh. Their blooper-reel
folly was just about the only miscommunication in a smooth 103-82
victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Stojakovic scored 19 points, Mike Bibby had 17 and the Kings won
consecutive games for the first time this season, playing
impressive defense and executing their motion offense with
sophistication and vigor. Even the occasional mistake, such as that
ill-conceived alley-oop, couldn't ruin the glow of a strong effort
for a team that started the season 2-5.
"I thought he pointed up (at the basket), like, 'Throw it,"
Wells said with a grin and a shrug. "Maybe I was seeing things."
"I was pointing at the floor. Bounce pass," Stojakovic
"That's the first time in seven years I've ever seen anybody
throw Peja an alley-oop," coach Rick Adelman said of his
ground-bound Serbian shooter.
Brad Miller added 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists
for the Kings, who followed up a 36-point win over Utah with
another wire-to-wire win over the Bucks, who never led while losing
for just the third time this season.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 points, seven rebounds and six
assists, and Wells added 11 points to cap a strong night for all
five starters. Sacramento played perhaps its most complete game of
the season, finishing with a season-high 31 assists while slowing
the Bucks' two favorite offensive ploys: T.J. Ford's dribble
penetration and Michael Redd's jumpers off big screens.
"That's the way we have to play to win," Adelman said. "It's
about the whole team playing together. We talk about having to
trust each other, and we did that."
Joe Smith had a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds in the
Bucks' third stop on a four-game West Coast trip. Two nights
earlier, Milwaukee snapped a 17-game road losing streak against
Western Conference teams with a 90-87 win at Golden State.
Sacramento broke open a close game late in the third quarter,
jumping to a 77-63 lead on Kenny Thomas' jumper in the final
minute. The Kings led by 20 points early in the fourth before
coasting into their eighth victory in their last nine meetings with
"No, we didn't play too well on offense, and I think it stemmed
from our defensive effort as well," Redd said. "We didn't do a
good enough job of shutting them down and getting on fast breaks.
So give them credit, but at the same time, we had an off night."
Redd, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, had 18 points but
struggled to get open against Bibby, Wells and Stojakovic. Jamaal
Magloire had 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Bobby Simmons went
"Everything we did wasn't clicking," said No. 1 draft pick
Andrew Bogut, who had just three points and eight rebounds but
played solid defense. "Their offense was probably the best they've
played all year. I think they flowed well."
After a tough early season schedule that included three weeks
between games at Arco Arena, the Kings are 3-1 early in a stretch
with 12 of 14 games at home. Following Sunday's trip to Seattle,
the Kings won't leave Northern California for 20 days, with eight
home games and a trip to Golden State.
Sacramento led by 12 points in the first quarter with its second
straight fast start, but Milwaukee got within one point before
Miller's 3-pointer 1.2 seconds before halftime.
Stojakovic sprained his pinky finger in the second half,
but kept playing. "It shouldn't be serious, but sometimes it's the
small things that bother you on your shot," he said. He didn't
make a 3-pointer for the first time this season. ... Miller has
more 3-pointers this season (2) than Wells (1). ... During a
2½-year stretch in Chris Webber's heyday with the Kings, Milwaukee
was the only Eastern Conference team to win at Arco Arena.
Sacramento is 58-5 at home against the East since 2001-02.
He may never receive the "superstar" label, but Sunday's triple-double is another indication Draymond Green may be the NBA's best all-around player.
Marc Stein provides an update on the status of Steph Curry, who is unlikely to play in Game 2 against the Trail Blazers. Stein also notes that Curry said he was optimistic he could have a shot to play in Game 3.
After staving off elimination in the game before, the Heat seized control of this one from the get-go and moved on in the East playoffs.