Impressive Milwaukee Bucks' streak is snapped in brutal loss to Sacramento Kings

Milwaukee Bucks v Sacramento Kings
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Aiming to finish off their road trip on a high note, the Milwaukee Bucks visited the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

However, it was anything but a strong performance for the Bucks, who were flat-out dominated by the Kings from start to finish. Milwaukee did not lead for second in this matchup, while Sacramento went up by as many as 37. In dominant fashion, the Kings secured a 129-94 victory, securing their first win over the Bucks since February 1, 2016, per Stat Muse. That snapped a 15-game losing streak to MIL.

It's been that type of road trip for the Bucks, who now head back to Milwaukee with a 1-3 record in their last four contests.

Impressive Milwaukee Bucks' streak is snapped in brutal loss to Sacramento Kings

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything in his power to keep Milwaukee in this matchup. He finished with 30 points on 58.8 percent shooting while hauling in 13 rebounds, but he essentially got no help from his teammates. After Antetokounmpo's 30, Milwaukee's next leading scorer had just 11 points. That simply cannot happen.

A big reason for the lack of scoring was Milwaukee's horrendous outside shooting, having sunk seven of their 39 attempts (17.9 percent). Malik Beasley was just 3-of-11, Pat Connaughton was just 1-of-7 and Damian Lillard was 1-of-6, as even the team's best shooters could not throw a rock in the ocean. Beasley's 27.3 percent conversion rage from deep was the best on the entire team.

On the flipside, the Kings were flaming hot from downtown, sinking 18-of-40 from deep (45 percent). De'Aaron Fox was 4-of-5, Harrison Barnes was 4-of-7, while both Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk were 3-of-8. They simply torched the Bucks from the perimeter due to excellent shot-making but also far too many defensive breakdowns by Milwaukee, who oftentimes just left a King wide open.

There's not much to talk about positively on Milwaukee's end. Lillard finished with just 10 points in one of his least-productive outings to date. Sacramento's Monk scored 25, which was just as many as Milwaukee's top four bench players had. Beasley's shooting slump continued to haunt him as he had just 11 points on 13 shot attempts.

Perhaps the biggest bright spot was a highlight dunk by Andre Jackson Jr. in mop up duty that even shocked players on the opposite sideline.

Fans have been clamoring for Jackson to see consistent minutes for months, and this outing shows why that would be a good idea. Sacramento's athleticism was off the charts compared to what the Bucks possess, and they used that to their advantage on both sides of the ball. Jackson, one of the best athletes on the roster, could have at least combatted that to some degree.

Now, after Milwaukee couldn't score all night, everyone wants to know when Khris Middleton will be back in the lineup. He had been questionable against Sacramento before being ruled out. He could be back for Thursday's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, which would obviously be a big lift. The Bucks desperately need to put this horrific road trip behind them and aim to get better.

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