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Antetokoumpo scores 33 points, Bucks beat Kings 109-104

MILWAUKEE (AP) After dismantling the Sacramento Kings on the road earlier in the week, Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd worried about a possible letdown as the teams met in a rematch on Saturday night.

''We came off a long road trip and this was a trap game,'' Kidd said.

Much like they did in the earlier meeting, the Bucks raced to a big early lead. This time, the Kings fought back and overcame a 20-point, second-half deficit before falling to the Bucks 109-104.

''They kept playing and we were just going through the motions,'' Kidd said. ''You have to give those guys credit. They were down and kept playing and made a game of it. We got the win but it wasn't pretty.''

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, made a season-high 17 free throws and had 13 rebounds for the Bucks.

''I think we did a good job starting the game, playing hard and moving the ball and just setting the tone,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''We've got to do a better job keeping the lead and finishing the game up.''

Khris Middleton added 25 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18. Milwaukee beat the Kings 112-87 on Tuesday night in Sacramento.

''It's frustrating but at the end of the day we got the win,'' Bledsoe said. ''I thought we did a great job keeping our composure.''

Zach Randolph led the Kings with 22 points, and Buddy Hield added 19. They were coming off a victory Friday night in Chicago.

The Bucks led by as many as 20 in the third quarter and took a 12-point advantage into fourth.

''They kind of pushed us around, we turned the ball over and didn't play with any energy,'' Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. ''The guys didn't quit, though. They kept fighting.''

Milwaukee's shooting went cold for an extended stretch in the fourth, allowing the Kings to pull to 100-96 on Garrett Temple's 3-pointer with 3:19 remaining.

After Antetokounmpo's two free throws, Bogdan Bogdanovic connected on a 3-pointer to pull the Kings within three points. After the Bucks came up empty again, Bogdanovic made two free throws to cut the lead to one with less than 2 minutes remaining.

John Henson's hook shot and two free throws by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks up 106-101. Middleton sealed the win with two free throws.

Milwaukee jumped to a 14-0 lead, taking advantage of five Kings turnovers. The Kings scored their first points on Randolph's jumper with 7:44 remaining in the first. Sacramento trailed by 16 at one point, finished with eight turnovers and was down 33-25 after the quarter.

''We just have to get off to a better start. We're better than that,'' Randolph said.

GOING TO THE LINE

Antetokounmpo attempted a career-high 22 free throws. ''We have to be in attack mode,'' he said. Antetokounmpo ''set the tone early'' with his aggressive play and by getting to the line, Kidd said.

The Bucks made a season-high 35 free throws on 42 attempts, also a season high.

TIP-INS

Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein sustained a lower back strain in the second quarter after falling awkwardly on a layup and didn't return. ... With the Kings down 12-0 3 minutes into the game, Joerger replaced his entire lineup at once. Joerger picked up a technical foul a short time later after storming onto the court to argue a foul call. Joerger said gaining mental toughness is part of the maturation process for his young team. ''Playing the second night back-to-back. There's a mental toughness to that,'' he said.

Bucks: Recalled guard Sterling Brown and forward D.J. Wilson from the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. ... Returned home after a 3-1 trip against Western Conference foes.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Bucks: At Boston on Monday night.

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Key Players
Z. Randolph
50 F
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
37.2 Min. Per Game 37.2
29.2 Pts. Per Game 29.2
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
49.6 Field Goal % 54.6
47.9 Three Point % 54.4
78.0 Free Throw % 75.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple 0:03
  Eric Bledsoe missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Frank Mason III 0:03
+ 3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Garrett Temple 0:03
  Offensive rebound by Buddy Hield 0:05
  Buddy Hield missed driving layup, blocked by John Henson 0:08
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:18
Team Stats
Points 104 109
Field Goals 37-77 (48.1%) 34-69 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 11-24 (45.8%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 19-21 (90.5%) 35-42 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 41 43
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 27 27
Team 8 7
Assists 20 20
Steals 7 9
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 28 18
Technicals 2 1
19 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
33 PTS, 13 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Kings 7-16 25272428104
home team logo Bucks 12-9 33302521109
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 7-16 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Bucks 12-9 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
Z. Randolph F 14.5 PPG 6.7 RPG 2.2 APG 47.3 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo F 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Randolph F 22 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
G. Antetokounmpo F 33 PTS 13 REB 5 AST
48.1 FG% 49.3
45.8 3PT FG% 31.6
90.5 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Fox 20 14 6 3 1 0 2 3 5/10 1/2 3/4 2 4 25 -16
G. Temple 32 12 4 1 2 0 1 1 4/11 4/9 0/0 0 4 19 -14
G. Hill 18 6 0 1 1 0 2 0 1/2 0/0 4/4 0 0 7 -16
W. Cauley-Stein 8 3 0 2 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 0 5 -14
K. Koufos 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 -1 -19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Fox 20 14 6 3 1 0 2 3 5/10 1/2 3/4 2 4 25 -16
G. Temple 32 12 4 1 2 0 1 1 4/11 4/9 0/0 0 4 19 -14
G. Hill 18 6 0 1 1 0 2 0 1/2 0/0 4/4 0 0 7 -16
W. Cauley-Stein 8 3 0 2 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 0 5 -14
K. Koufos 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 -1 -19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 33 22 7 2 0 0 1 4 10/15 0/3 2/2 1 6 32 +16
B. Hield 29 19 6 4 1 0 1 3 6/12 4/6 3/3 1 5 33 +11
F. Mason III 23 13 1 3 0 0 1 4 4/6 1/1 4/4 0 1 19 +14
B. Bogdanovic 27 9 4 3 2 0 2 3 3/7 1/3 2/2 0 4 19 +11
J. Sampson 24 4 3 1 0 1 0 4 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 10 +5
S. Labissiere 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 2 -4
V. Carter 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 104 33 20 7 1 15 28 37/77 11/24 19/21 6 27 170 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 33 33 13 5 3 1 2 2 8/15 0/2 17/22 3 10 58 +7
K. Middleton 34 25 2 1 1 0 4 3 9/15 3/5 4/5 1 1 26 +12
E. Bledsoe 32 19 4 2 2 0 3 1 4/9 2/4 9/10 1 3 26 +9
J. Henson 28 8 8 1 1 2 3 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 1 7 18 +12
T. Snell 31 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 1 1 10 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 33 33 13 5 3 1 2 2 8/15 0/2 17/22 3 10 58 +7
K. Middleton 34 25 2 1 1 0 4 3 9/15 3/5 4/5 1 1 26 +12
E. Bledsoe 32 19 4 2 2 0 3 1 4/9 2/4 9/10 1 3 26 +9
J. Henson 28 8 8 1 1 2 3 2 3/4 0/0 2/2 1 7 18 +12
T. Snell 31 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 2/7 1/5 0/0 1 1 10 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 25 13 1 5 0 0 0 1 5/12 0/2 3/3 1 0 24 -11
T. Maker 19 4 3 2 0 1 1 3 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 11 -7
J. Terry 21 2 1 0 2 2 1 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 -9
D. Liggins 12 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 -1
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 36 20 9 6 15 18 34/69 6/19 35/42 9 27 185 +25