Without their superstar firing on all cylinders, the Milwaukee Bucks weathered the storm Friday night to hold off and eventually roll through the Sacramento Kings for their 34th victory of the season.
The Milwaukee Bucks continued their run out West Friday night where they were able to roll past the Sacramento Kings in a 127-106 victory at the Golden 1 Center.
It was far from an ideal start for the Bucks until starting point guard Eric Bledsoe lifted the team out of their rut and overcame the Kings’ hot start. And with Sacramento failing to hit a triple over the course of the first quarter, the Bucks ran wild offensively and got out to a 34-18 edge at the end of one.
Milwaukee maintained their double-digit lead for the majority of the second quarter until the Kings were able to take advantage of the Bucks’ offense going cold, especially from beyond the arc, where the Bucks shot 4-of-23 over the first half.
That late quarter rally from Sacramento led to the Bucks going into halftime with a 53-44 advantage.
Once play resumed, disaster struck for the Bucks as the Kings were able to retake the lead at the 7:46 mark of the third period.
Fortunately, the Bucks answered the wake up call and with head coach Mike Budenholzer turning to Sterling Brown as his in case of emergency substitution, the Bucks were able to spur a run between Brown and second-year guard Donte DiVincenzo running amok on the defensive end. And the Bucks’ best defense turned into their best offense as they regained control of the game and held a 90-75 lead through three.
Following their brief bit of turbulence, it was smooth sailing for the Bucks throughout the fourth quarter as they resumed their bludgeoning of the Kings. And they were able to outscore the Kings 67-45 from the moment they had lost control of the contest back in the third quarter.
So without further ado, let’s break down what stood out in the Bucks’ win over the Sacramento Kings Friday night, starting with the leading performances of Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton.