SACRAMENTO, CA (WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks were short-handed last night as they got by the Kings in Sacramento, 115-to-113.
Starters Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders sat out with injuries, along with back-up guard J-J Redick – and Bucks’ forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hurt a foot during last night’s game.
Milwaukee was up by 15 with less than four minutes remaining, when the Kings got to within one with six-point-six seconds left. Monta Ellis made two free throws, and then the Bucks fouled Jimmer Fredette to prevent him from making a game-tying three. Fredette made his first free throw, missed the second, got the rebound, and passed it to Tyreke Evans – who missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that could have won it for Sacramento.
Ellis led the Bucks with 29 points and nine assists. Gustavo Ayon, whom the Bucks acquired in last month’s trade with Orlando, had 12 points and seven rebounds. Ilyasova missed his second straight game with a bruised left knee bone. Sanders hyper-extended his left knee in Saturday night’s win over Golden State, and Redick was hurt when he landed on Jarrett Jack’s foot against the Warriors.
DeMarco Cousins had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, and was ejected for a Flagrant-Two foul in which he elbowed Mike Dunleavy in the head. Sacramento has lost three of its last four.
The Bucks are now within a game-and-a-half of both Boston and Atlanta for the sixth-and-seventh playoff spots in the East. The Bucks will host Dallas tomorrow night.