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Rapid Recap: Bucks 144, Kings 109

Milwaukee puts a spanking on Sacramento in this Sunday matinee

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

We interrupt this typical lede proclaiming that the Milwaukee Bucks dismantled the Sacramento Kings, 144-109, to bring you this important highlight:


Good night, and good luck Kings. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming. After a snail-slow start for Milwaukee, they proceeded on an 18-1 run to recapture a first quarter lead and finish the period up, 39-30. Sacramento’s defense continued to hemorrhage points as the Bucks poured it on to a 72-50 halftime lead. The shellacking continued into the third as they finished out with a 108-82 advantage. As the scrubs settled in, the Bucks closed this one out handily as Pat Connaughton finally hit the 20th three of the night, setting a new franchise record for Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, beyond his monstrous slams, finished off his triple-double in style with a cross-court whip to Connaughton who splashed in a corner three. He ended with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two blocks (official score keepers be damned).

Both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe got to call it a day early here too, as Middleton, who looked rather sluggish all game, ended at just 12 points on 3-12 shooting. Bledsoe wound up with 17 on 11 shots to go with six boards, while Ersan had a typically consistent 15 points and Tony Snell went for 12 of his own.

Sacramento was paced by De’Aaron Fox, who looked spry and went for 15 points, six assists and six boards. However, he wasn’t their leading scorer, as Justin Jackson went off for 22 on 12 shots and Buddy Hield chipped in 19 as well.

Stat That Stood Out

29 First Half 3-point attempts

After their lowest 3-point attempt total of the season against Boston, Milwaukee wasn’t shy about launching it today, matching the 29 they had all game Friday in the first half alone today. Their 11 makes in the first two quarters also exceeded the nine they hit out in Beantown. They ended with 56 attempts overall and hit 22 for a 39.3% rate.