The Kings jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, winning a snoozer over Milwaukee 124-107.
Talk about wasted opportunities.
On a night when O.J. Mayo scored 21 points, Milwaukee’s defense allowed the Kings to shoot 51.2 percent from the floor en route to a 124-107 victory.
Sacramento scored 39 points in the first quarter alone and followed up with 31 in the second, jumping out to a 70-44 halftime advantage. The Kings never looked back, stretching the lead to 34 points entering the final period. With several Sacramento regulars sitting out most of the fourth quarter, Milwaukee was able to cut the final deficit to a semi-respectable 17 points.
When these two teams met for the first time this season on March 5, Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay combined for 68 points, well over half of the team’s total offensive output. The trio topped that performance the second time around, totaling 86 points to go with 23 rebounds and 16 assists. Cousins led the charge with 32 points and 12 boards, while Gay chipped in 30 points and eight assists. The Kings received just 17 points from a bench that combined to shoot 5-of-18 from the field.
While Milwaukee connected on 42-of-85 attempts from the field (49.4%), its top performer, Brandon Knight, was about as ice cold as he’s been all season. Knight scored just six points, shooting 2-of-12 from the field in 23 minutes. Mayo’s 21 points paced Milwaukee, though 13 came in fourth quarter garbage minutes.
Making his return to the starting lineup in place of the injured Nate Wolters, Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in nine points (3-7 FG) to go with six rebounds and two assists. Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions each added 13 points, while Chris Wright contributed nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes off the bench. It was just the second game in which Wright has seen action after signing a 10-day deal last week.
Wright’s highlight of the night came early in the second quarter when he erased this Travis Outlaw dunk attempt:
*Courtesy of @ericbuenning
Points: Mayo (21), Cousins (32)
Rebounds: Antetokounmpo (6), Cousins (12)
Assists: Knight (7), Thomas (8)
Blocks: Henson (3), 3 tied (1)
Steals: 3 tied (1), Cousins (2)
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