Instant Analysis: Kings suffer massive letdown, get blown out by Bucks
A TALE OF TWO NIGHTS
SACRAMENTO -- So much for momentum. After coming up big on the road against the Golden State Warriors on Monday evening, the Sacramento Kings laid an egg Tuesday in front of their home crowd. The Milwaukee Bucks put Sacramento away early, on their way to the 112-87 blow out victory at Golden 1 Center.
Giannis Antetokounmpo started the assault and then point guard Eric Bledsoe took over. Milwaukee throttled the Kings in the second quarter to open up a 24-point lead at the intermission and Sacramento never recovered.
Bledsoe and Antetokounmpo make quite the tandem. The Greek Freak is hard enough to handle on his own, but when you added speed to the backcourt, it opens everything up. Antetokounmpo finished the night with a game-high 32 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Bledsoe chipped in 21 points, five rebounds and five assists.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Garrett Temple is known more for his defense, but against the Bucks, he was one of the few Kings to find success. Temple scored a team-high 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting and hit all three of his 3-point attempts.
For the second time in three games, the Kings allowed an opponent to drop a huge quarter on them. The Clippers outscored Sacramento 29-10 in the third on Saturday and Milwaukee hit them with a 29-11 second quarter which all but ended the Kings’ chance of winning.
Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings hit the road where they’ll start a four-game trip Friday in Chicago. Following the game against the Bulls, they’ll play a second back-to-back this week against the Bucks on Saturday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.