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What we learned as Kings fall at home to Giannis-less Bucks

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De'Aaron Fox shooting against Bucks

SACRAMENTO -- All season long the Kings have made a habit of losing to opponents missing star players. When it was announced that two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was going to sit out Saturday night’s back-to-back at Golden 1 Center, it was almost as if the Kings’ chances of winning decreased.

Just like the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks found a way to win in Sacramento, knocking off the Kings by a final of 129-128.

With his UCLA Bruins battling the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Final Four, Jrue Holiday put on a show. Not only did he limit De’Aaron Fox’s ability to get to the rim early, but he scored a game-high 33 points on 14-for-23 shooting and chipped in 11 assists. 

Brook Lopez tormented the Kings all night in the post and Bobby Portis had 18 points off the Bucks bench in the win.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped their third straight game to fall to 22-28 on the season. 

Bench scorer

Terence Davis has had some solid moments since joining the Kings at the deadline. Against the Bucks, he was a force off the bench.

Davis scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting including a career-best seven makes from 3-point range. 

He can be erratic on the floor, but his length and athleticism bring something different to the roster. Against Milwaukee, he was very solid.

 

Nice bounce back

After an incredible month of March, Fox hasn’t looked like himself over the last few games. Fox struggled against the Spurs and Lakers, but made a nice impact in the loss to Milwaukee.

Fox finished the night with 27 points, six assists and three rebounds. He didn’t attack the rim with the same intentions that we’ve come to expect, but he can stumble his way to a big scoring night at this point.

Fox had some nice moments in the fourth as the Kings tried to make it a game, but expectations are heightened with the 23-year-old guard after showing superstar potential. He needs to find a way to get his team back in the win column.

Catch and shoot

When Buddy Hield keeps it simple, he’s an elite shooter and very capable of putting huge numbers. Against the Bucks, he had a few moments when he dribbled too much, but he also caught fire from long range.

After a rough game against the Lakers, Hield finished with 19 points on 5-of-8 from deep. He even had a huge putback in a crucial moment of the game.