The Kings had no problem with the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, winning 124 to 107. That final score is as close as it was thanks to a 37 point fourth quarter for the Bucks, primarily on the Kings bench. Sacramento led by as much as 40 as late as the third quarter.
The Bucks had no answer for DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 32 points on 14-19 from the field, as well as 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block in just 29 minutes. Isaiah Thomas also scored 30 points for the Kings on a very efficient 9-13 shooting to go along with 8 assists and just 1 turnover. The Kings as a team did a very good job of taking care of the ball, turning it over just 10 times. Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore were the only other Kings in double digits with 24 and 15 points respectively.
Milwaukee was led in scoring by O.J. Mayo's 21 points off the bench. Milwaukee's bench did a much better job than the starters. Brandon Knight scored just 6 points on an abysmal 2-12 from the field while his backup, Ramon Sessions had 13 on 6-8 shooting.
Despite the blowout win, Michael Malone will not be happy with Sacramento's defense, particularly in the second half. The Bucks finished the game shooting 49.4% from the field, and outscored Sacramento 37 to 20 in the fourth quarter. It got to the point where Coach Malone brought back Isaiah Thomas for Ray McCallum to help stop the bleeding. McCallum had probably his worst game as a pro, scoring just 2 points on 1-4 shooting, and also was a team worst -17 in his 11:15 of playing time. The Kings bench as a whole did not have a single player with a positive +/- as play dropped dramatically with the starters out.
Interestingly, Royce White did not enter the game until 48.5 seconds remained despite the Kings holding a large advantage ever since the first quarter. White attempted one shot and missed.
The Kings now get a couple days off before they face the streaking New York Knicks on Wednesday, winners of 8 in a row.
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