Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson grabs the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert during the second quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
MILWAUKEE, WI - Monta Ellis came two rebounds shy of a triple-double on Wednesday, posting 17 points, 11 assists and eight boards as the Milwaukee Bucks earned a wire-to-wire 98-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Bradley Center.
Brandon Jennings poured in a game-high 19 points and Luc Mbah a Moute added 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and six rebounds for the Bucks, who have won three straight on the heels of a two-game slide.
Ersan Ilyasova donated 16 points on 7-of-11 from the field and 14 rebounds off the bench, while Marquis Daniels contributed 10 points and six boards in the triumph.
Tyreke Evans netted a team-high 17 points and grabbed seven boards, while John Salmons added 16 points for the Kings, who have lost back-to-back games after a three-game run of positive results.
It was the first game back for Evans, after missing the last three with a sore knee that has bothered him since Nov. 27.
Aaron Brooks gave 10 points and six assists in the loss.
The Kings played without their starting center DeMarcus Cousins, who was issued a one-game suspension earlier in the day. The league issued the suspension after Cousins struck Dallas guard O.J. Mayo in the groin.
Marcus Thornton also missed the game for Sacramento. He was tending to a personal family matter.
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