NBA Game Recap - Milwaukee at Sacramento
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:00 PM EST

ATL
101
WAS
111
F
NO
123
NY
111
F
MIA
113
BKN
117
F
SA
121
MEM
134
F
IND
116
CHI
105
F
CHA
92
UTA
109
F
ORL
94
PHO
98
F
LAL
129
DAL
114
F
MIL
127
SAC
106
F
GS
100
LAC
109
F

Jan 10, 2020, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Milwaukee (34-6)

34

19

37

37

127

Sacramento (15-24)

18

26

31

31

106

Bucks cruise past Kings on slow night for Antetokounmpo
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:00 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) With Giannis Antetokounmpo’s sore back acting up again, the Milwaukee Bucks got plenty of help picking up the scoring slack.

That’s nothing new. The NBA’s best team is 9-2 when someone other than Antetokounmpo leads them in scoring, and the Bucks did it again to keep rolling on the road.

Khris Middleton had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe scored 24 and Milwaukee beat the Sacramento Kings 127-106 on Friday despite an off night for Antetokounmpo.

"To have his back when he’s not playing well - he has our back all the time," Bledsoe said. "Damn near all 30-something games. Just to have his back this one time says a lot about this team."

Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 34-6 and extended the best start in franchise history.

Antetokounmpo, who has been dealing with a cranky back for several weeks, was held to a season-low 13 points and 10 rebounds. The reigning MVP took only nine shots and picked up three of his four fouls in the first half.

It was the 11th time this season – and seventh in the past 11 games – that Antetokounmpo did not lead the Bucks in scoring.

Donte DiVincenzo had a season-high 18 points and Sterling Brown added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which is 16-4 on the road.

“Those two guys (Bledsoe and Middleton) were phenomenal, and then some of the bench, Donte and some of those guys,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think Giannis has a ton of faith, a ton of confidence in his teammates, but it’s good for those guys to come through on a night like tonight.”

De’Aaron Fox had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes scored 19 before limping off the court and into the locker room late in the fourth quarter.

“I was proud of the guys fighting and taking the lead in the third quarter, but we are not going to beat a team that good when they shoot 30 free throws to our 10, we turn the ball over 16 times, and we go 10 for 35 from the 3,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “To beat a team like the Bucks we have to be hot and disciplined for longer stretches.”

Milwaukee trailed midway through the third, then took control with a 20-3 run over 3:32 while Antetokounmpo rested on the bench. Middleton had seven points and Brown and DiVincenzo both hit 3-pointers to help the Bucks go up 80-66.

Milwaukee led by 18 early despite a slow start by Antetokounmpo. He took just four shots in the first half and was called for his third foul with 19 seconds remaining before halftime.

Antetokounmpo also found himself in the middle of the lane when Sacramento’s Trevor Ariza sprinted in for a two-handed dunk that cut the Bucks' lead to 49-43.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo’s double-double was his 33rd of the season. ... Bledsoe made his first six shots. … Milwaukee has won seven straight against Sacramento.

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (left foot soreness) is on track to play Monday against Orlando. Bagley has missed eight games since getting hurt Dec. 26 against Minnesota. Richaun Holmes (right shoulder) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) also sat out. … Fox was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter after being called for a charge. Fox protested and angrily bounced the ball on the court before being hit with the technical.

BLEDSOE’S START

Bledsoe scored 11 points in the first quarter but probably wouldn’t have had that many had Budenholzer pulled him out as he intended. “We actually had a sub for him at the table for two or three of those minutes and he just kept getting to the basket, getting steals, making things happen,” the coach said. “When you’re on the road you want to establish something early and he was great.”

UP NEXT

Bucks: Play the Trail Blazers in Portland on Saturday night. The Bucks led the entire game when the teams met earlier this season in Milwaukee.

Kings: Host the Magic on Monday. Sacramento has won its last five games against Orlando.

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Leaders

Milwaukee PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Wilson 0 5 2 1 0 0
K. Middleton 27 12 4 11 2 0
Sacramento PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Swanigan 0 -5 1 0 0 0
K. Guy 0 -5 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

MIL SAC
Points For 127 106
Field Goals 47/95-49% 44/96-46%
Three Pointers 10/39-26% 10/35-29%
Free Throws 23/30-77% 8/10-80%
Offensive Rebounds 7 6
Defensive Rebounds 45 39
Rebounds 59 50
Blocks 4 3
Steals 11 8
Turnovers 11 16
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 13
Points in the Paint 54 64
Fast Break Points 17 17
Personal Fouls 12 24
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MIL Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Jan 10 MIL 127 @ SAC 106 K. Korver 1 W. Gabriel 3

Game Information

Stadium: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 17,583
Game Time: 2:09