The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Sacramento Kings 128-115 Sunday night in a game defined by another dismal performance by the defense, specifically in the second quarter when the Bucks outscored them 42-31.
It is the Kings seventh loss in a row.
By the end of the second quarter the Kings found themselves down 70-56 and in a similar position they have found themselves in time after time.
The Kings had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo going to the paint and sent him to the line for 24 shots, he made 19 of those. He finished the game with 38 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and a whopping +29. Tyrese Haliburton led the Kings in scoring with 23 points to go along with 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. DaQuan Jeffries also had a nice game with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
The Kings made a slight run in the third quarter with the Bucks cooling off from the field, but they kept missing threes (they finished 12-33 from three as a team) and the Bucks began hitting shots again with Antetokounmpo off the floor. A few nice plays from Haliburton and a nice look-off fake for a driving layup by Kyle Guy were some bright spots in the third.
The Kings were down 99-82 after three.
Guy’s impressive play continued into the fourth quarter as the three guard lineup of him, Haliburton and Joseph got the ball moving from side to side. (Guy finished with 9 points in 9 minutes.) Midway through the fourth with Antetokounmpo and De’Aaron Fox re-entering the game, the Bucks still had a 113-96 lead.
Jeffries continued his solid performance by playing within the flow of the game and taking what came to him. Haliburton also kept draining threes and floaters late in the game, doing what he could to give the team some life. The Bucks are just simply too efficient offensively and familiar with each other for a defense like the Kings to put up much of a fight though.
The Kings had six players (Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes, Fox, Hield, Jeffries and Haliburton) score in double digits. Fox finished with 13 points and 10 assists. Holmes (it was nice to see him back) finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Here are some other notes:
Despite his recent productive play, Nemanja Bjelica didn’t get any run in this game even with Holmes being in foul trouble. Instead, Jabari Parker logged 16 minutes, scoring 6 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
Hield just flat out doesn’t look like the Buddy we always used to feel confident about when the ball left his hands on a shot. Tonight, he went 2-10 from three and 3-13 from the floor. He did go to the line for six free throws and made five of them.
The Bucks out-rebounded the Kings 56-43.
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The almost-King, Donte DiVincenzo, had a nice scoring night – 7-12 for 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 block.
The Kings will take on the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday. Are they any good?