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Antetokounmpo scores 32 to help Bucks breeze past Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't the least bit surprised that Milwaukee's most lopsided win of the season coincided with one of the Bucks' best defensive games.

The NBA's most improved player last year also issued a warning of sorts to his teammates.

''We can't hide now,'' Antetokounmpo said after scoring 19 of his 32 points in the third quarter of Millwaukee's 112-87 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. ''We did it today, we played really hard defensively so we have to keep doing that. No excuses as a team.''

The Bucks have been erratic at times on both ends of the court this season and had dropped three of four before jumping on the Kings early.

Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd credited his team's defense but also praised the offense. The Bucks shot 59 percent with 26 assists.

''There was nothing that was forced,'' Kidd said. ''The ball moved, we didn't hold it, we didn't back down, we didn't dribble 10 times to take a shot. Our guys trusted one another.''

Eric Bledsoe had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the second time in five games. Khris Middleton scored 12 points.

Milwaukee led by as many as 36 and won despite not scoring a second-chance point.

Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the first quarter, but was at his best coming out of halftime. He went 6 for 8 from the field in the third, including a rare 3-pointer.

It was Antetokounmpo's eighth 30-point game this season.

''When the ball moves everybody's got energy,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Whenever we move the ball like that as a team it's easy to find one another. It looks good and that's what we have to keep doing.''

Milwaukee has won three straight against Sacramento.

The Bucks were crisp early, but they didn't pull away until a 20-3 run midway through the second quarter. Bledsoe scored 11 during the run, and Middleton made two free throws to put Milwaukee up 61-34 at halftime.

Garrett Temple scored 18 for the Kings, and Buddy Hield added 13 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sacramento came out flat and never recovered, one day after rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors.

Even after Jason Kidd emptied his bench in the fourth quarter, Sacramento struggled to get the lead under 30.

The Kings committed 11 turnovers in the first half and repeatedly allowed Antetokounmpo to get into the paint for easy buckets.

''That was not a game,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''We struggled right from the jump. They are extremely athletic and they gave us problems with their length, and they made shots tonight.''

Jason Terry, who spent a few brief moments with the Kings in 2014 before being traded to Houston, was booed every time he touched the ball. He made a 3-pointer that put the Bucks up 92-56.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Middleton was a game-time decision because of illness. ... Antetokounmpo `s 3-pointer was only his second make from beyond the arc in the past nine games. ... John Henson was charged with a technical foul after hanging onto the rim following a dunk in the first quarter.

Kings: Sacramento missed seven of its first 12 free-throw attempts. ... The Kings are 0-4 on the second night of back-to-backs. ... Rookie De'Aaron Fox shot 2 of 10 and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

GETTING A REST

The Bucks most lopsided win since beating Washington 123-96 on Dec. 23, 2016 allowed Kidd to get most of his starters plenty of rest. Tony Snell logged 29 minutes while Antetokounmpo played 26 and Middleton played 23. ''It's always good to see Giannis not at 38 and Khris at 40 or even Tony at 40,'' Kidd said. ''The guys were really professional, took care of business.''

DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWN

While Milwaukee was celebrating its defensive effort, Sacramento was grumbling about its defense which allowed the Bucks multiple uncontested shots. ''We didn't do the things we needed to do to make it a close game,'' Kings guard Frank Mason said. ''They got anywhere they wanted on the court, a lot of easy lay-ups, uncontested shots, things like that.''

UP NEXT

Bucks: Play at Portland on Thursday.

Kings: Begin a four-game road trip against Chicago on Friday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
Z. Randolph
50 F
24.3 Min. Per Game 24.3
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
55.8 Field Goal % 47.2
55.3 Three Point % 46.6
75.8 Free Throw % 76.3
  Defensive rebound by D.J. Wilson 0:21
  Malachi Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:25
+ 1 Joel Bolomboy made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:49
  Team rebound 0:49
  Joel Bolomboy missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:49
  Shooting foul on Buddy Hield 0:49
  Offensive rebound by Joel Bolomboy 0:49
  Gary Payton II missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:50
+ 1 Buddy Hield made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:13
+ 1 Buddy Hield made 1st of 2 free throws 1:13
  Shooting foul on Rashad Vaughn 1:13
Team Stats
Points 112 87
Field Goals 42-71 (59.2%) 31-77 (40.3%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 5-17 (29.4%)
Free Throws 19-31 (61.3%) 20-29 (69.0%)
Total Rebounds 46 50
Offensive 1 9
Defensive 37 31
Team 8 10
Assists 27 15
Steals 13 5
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 12 16
Fouls 22 21
Technicals 2 0
32 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
8 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Bucks 10-9 32293120112
home team logo Kings 6-15 2611222887
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 10-9 121.0 PPG 51.1 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Kings 6-15 114.5 PPG 45.2 RPG 24.6 APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo F 25.8 PPG 12.7 RPG 5.6 APG 56.0 FG%
G. Temple G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo F 32 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
G. Temple G 18 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
59.2 FG% 40.3
40.9 3PT FG% 29.4
61.3 FT% 69.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 26 32 5 5 5 1 2 4 11/16 1/1 9/13 0 5 51 +26
E. Bledsoe 23 21 5 5 3 0 0 1 7/10 3/4 4/5 0 5 39 +27
K. Middleton 23 12 4 2 1 0 2 4 4/7 2/5 2/3 0 4 19 +21
J. Henson 24 9 5 1 0 3 1 2 4/8 0/0 1/2 0 5 18 +28
T. Snell 29 9 2 2 1 1 1 1 3/3 2/2 1/2 0 2 16 +32
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 26 32 5 5 5 1 2 4 11/16 1/1 9/13 0 5 51 +26
E. Bledsoe 23 21 5 5 3 0 0 1 7/10 3/4 4/5 0 5 39 +27
K. Middleton 23 12 4 2 1 0 2 4 4/7 2/5 2/3 0 4 19 +21
J. Henson 24 9 5 1 0 3 1 2 4/8 0/0 1/2 0 5 18 +28
T. Snell 29 9 2 2 1 1 1 1 3/3 2/2 1/2 0 2 16 +32
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 19 9 6 5 1 0 1 0 4/7 0/1 1/2 0 6 25 +3
T. Maker 19 8 5 0 0 0 0 3 4/7 0/2 0/2 0 5 13 +2
D. Wilson 12 4 2 1 0 0 1 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 -10
J. Terry 22 3 2 3 1 0 1 2 1/5 1/4 0/0 0 2 11 +12
D. Liggins 24 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 -1
R. Vaughn 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -5
J. Bolomboy 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 0 2 -5
G. Payton II 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -5
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 112 38 27 13 5 12 22 42/71 9/22 19/31 1 37 210 +125
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Temple 24 18 2 0 0 0 1 2 5/8 3/3 5/7 0 2 19 -26
S. Labissiere 24 11 6 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 3/3 3 3 17 0
Z. Randolph 19 10 5 1 0 1 2 1 5/9 0/1 0/0 0 5 16 -19
D. Fox 23 4 1 2 0 0 2 3 2/10 0/3 0/0 0 1 7 -24
G. Hill 19 2 2 2 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 2 8 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Temple 24 18 2 0 0 0 1 2 5/8 3/3 5/7 0 2 19 -26
S. Labissiere 24 11 6 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 3/3 3 3 17 0
Z. Randolph 19 10 5 1 0 1 2 1 5/9 0/1 0/0 0 5 16 -19
D. Fox 23 4 1 2 0 0 2 3 2/10 0/3 0/0 0 1 7 -24
G. Hill 19 2 2 2 0 0 0 3 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 2 8 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 21 13 2 0 1 0 1 1 5/10 1/2 2/2 0 2 15 0
W. Cauley-Stein 24 10 10 1 0 0 4 4 5/10 0/1 0/2 2 8 18 -13
F. Mason III 24 8 2 7 1 0 3 1 3/9 0/1 2/2 0 2 22 -1
B. Bogdanovic 19 7 0 1 2 0 3 2 2/3 1/2 2/3 0 0 8 -8
K. Koufos 13 2 7 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 2/6 4 3 11 -13
M. Richardson 8 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 0 3 +5
V. Carter 9 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 -16
J. Jackson 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 +3
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 87 40 15 5 2 16 21 31/77 5/17 20/29 9 31 148 -125