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Sacramento at Milwaukee

Kings 102, Bucks 89

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Mikki Moore didn't miss a chance to tease Ron Artest in the locker room as Artest was meticulously tying his pink tie even though the Kings were only headed to the airplane.

"You know we've got a four-hour flight?" Moore said. "You've got time to fix your tie."

Everything else Artest did on Wednesday night was meticulous, too.

Artest, who also had his son, Jeron, on the bench, scored 26 points and had eight assists and Beno Udrih hit a career-high six 3-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-89 to finish 3-2 on its five-game road trip after starting 0-9 on the road this season.

"We turned what was already a good road trip into a great road trip for us," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "On this road trip, we learned how to finish games."

Artest, who also had four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, got a little unwanted advice from 6-year-old Jeron, who was busy playing video games and waiting for his father to get dressed.

"He was talking to me during timeouts, and I was like, 'Get out of here!"' Artest said. "But he's a good kid. He had fun. He said the best part of his day was the win."

It was a good day for Udrih, as well, after a strange string of events led him to Sacramento. Udrih, who played a small role on two title teams with the Spurs, was traded to and released by Minnesota on Oct. 29, and signed by the Kings on Nov. 1. He finished with 24 points.

"Minnesota waived me because they already had like 18 players on the roster. I didn't go to Minnesota. Then Sacramento picked me up. I always like Sacramento as a team, and I didn't even hesitate. I didn't wait for some other options to come," Udrih said.

Sacramento, without Mike Bibby (thumb), Kevin Martin (groin) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (knee), played six players at least 26 minutes, and everyone played a role. But Udrih was lights-out down the stretch as the Kings went 12-of-16 in the fourth quarter.

"The stars aligned for him," said Brad Miller, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Michael Redd, who had 27 points for the Bucks, scored 10 straight midway through the fourth only for Sacramento to answer each time.

Udrih hit a bank-shot 3-pointer and Artest added a 3 of his own to give the Kings an 88-85 lead, then Artest stripped Redd and fed Francisco Garcia for a layup to stretch the lead to five.

After a timeout, Redd turned the ball over again on a sloppy pass, one of 20 turnovers by the Bucks, and Udrih hit another 3 as the 24-second clock expired.

On the next possession, Udrih, who finished with 11 points in the quarter, hit another shot from behind the arc, his sixth in seven attempts, to make it 96-87 with 2:28 left as the Kings finished on a 17-4 run.

"The banker got me going, I guess," Udrih said. "I felt great on the shot, so I took it, and they all went in (after that)."

Said Bucks coach Larry Krsytkowiak: "The reality is we're dead last in the league at defending the 3-point shot."

Milwaukee, which has lost 12 of the last 14 against the Kings, squandered Andrew Bogut's effort. Bogut had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, tying a career high. Mo Williams added 17 points on his 25th birthday, and rookie Yi Jianlian had 12 rebounds.

"We just need to get some momentum going," Bogut said.

Yi struggled, missing his first seven shots before sparking the Bucks late in the third quarter with dunks on consecutive possessions, first off a pass from Charlie Bell and then following a Redd miss. Williams' jumper tied it at 68-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Kings started out as hot as they finished, hitting seven straight shots to open the game and making 11 of their first 12 from the field to take an early 10-point lead behind Moore, who finished with 12 points ,and John Salmons, who had 17 points.

But Sacramento couldn't keep that torrid pace up and went in a deep slump midway in the second quarter, going more than seven minutes without a field goal and missing 11 consecutive shots that allowed Milwaukee to take a 47-46 lead at the break.

Notes

Milwaukee started 7-4 this season but has lost 11 of the last 14. ... Bucks F Desmond Mason sprained his left thumb in the closing seconds of the first half and did not return. ... Theus said Moore addressed the team in the aftermath of the Kings' victory at New Jersey. Moore scored four points and had five rebounds against his former team, but vented after the game that he expected to be more involved. Theus said Moore, who signed with the Kings in the offseason, realized he had made a mistake and apologized. ... Bucks F Charlie Villanueva missed the game with a sprained right ankle after he got hurt in practice Tuesday. He is day-to-day.

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Scoreboard
Sacramento (11-14) «28182234102
Milwaukee (10-15) 2621212189
SAC:R. Artest 26 Pts
SAC:B. Miller 9 Reb
SAC:R. Artest 8 Ast
MIL:M. Redd 27 Pts
MIL:Y. Jianlian 12 Reb
MIL:C. Bell 5 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeeSacramento

A. Bogut

R. Artest
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
121142648
Sacramento
R. Artest, SF428-128-848226
J. Salmons, SF396-144-554217
B. Udrih, PG379-130-023124
B. Miller, C364-103-496411
M. Moore, PF345-102-441212
F. Garcia, SF263-131-24137
Q. Douby, SG101-30-01113
D. Jones, SG90-00-00100
S. Hawes, C51-10-03012
K. Thomas, PF30-00-00010
S. Abdur-Rahim, PFDid Not Play
M. Bibby, PGDid Not Play
K. Martin, SGDid Not Play
J. Williams, PFDid Not Play
Totals 37-7618-23322517102
 48.7%78.3% 
Milwaukee
Y. Jianlian, SF402-104-412228
M. Williams, PG378-160-075417
A. Bogut, C376-100-2114212
M. Redd, SG357-148-1111227
D. Mason, SF102-40-04104
C. Bell, SG301-50-01532
R. Ivey, PG194-40-001110
J. Voskuhl, C171-21-22123
B. Simmons, SF153-50-02136
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
A. Storey, SFDid Not Play
C. Villanueva, PFDid Not Play
D. Noel, SFDid Not Play
R. Sessions, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-7013-1940211989
 48.6%68.4% 
Other Games
Mia 111 Final
Atl 114
Phi 85 Final
Ind 102
Chi 95 Final
Wash 84
Utah 92 Final
Char 98
Det 87 Final
Bos 85
Cle 90 Final
NY 108
GS 111 Final
Min 98
SA 85 Final
Mem 88
Orl 97 Final
Hou 92
Pho 105 Final
Dal 108
Tor 96 Final
Port 101
NO 107 Final
Sea 93