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Bucks wrap up 12th straight series win over Kings

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Mar 16, 2022; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) fouls Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) on a fast break during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 36 points and 10 rebounds and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks notched a 135-126 victory over Sacramento on Wednesday night to defeat the Kings for the 12th straight time.

Khris Middleton made a season-high seven 3-pointers and recorded 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Bucks won for the eighth time in their past nine overall games. Jrue Holiday contributed 21 points and four steals and Bobby Portis added 12 points for Milwaukee.

Domantas Sabonis registered 22 points and seven assists and De’Aaron Fox added 21 points and seven assists for the Kings, who lost for the 10th time in the last 13 games.

Donte DeVincenzo and Davion Mitchell each scored 19 points off the bench, Trey Lyles had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Harrison Barnes tallied 10 points for Sacramento.

The score was knotted at 126 before Wesley Matthews buried a tiebreaking 3-pointer for the Bucks with 1:32 left to start a game-ending 9-0 run. Antetokounmpo scored in the interior 28 seconds later and added two free throws. Portis also added sank two free throws to close out Milwaukee’s sixth straight win in Sacramento.

The Bucks connected on 52.8 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 18 of 35 from 3-point range.

The Kings made 48.9 percent of their shots and were 16 of 43 from behind the arc.

Milwaukee led by 10 early in the fourth quarter before Sacramento used an 18-5 run to take a 113-110 lead with 6:20 remaining.

Middleton responded with five straight points to put the Bucks back ahead, but the Kings answered with six in a row to hold a 118-115 lead with 4:53 left.

Just over three minutes later, Fox drained a 3-pointer to tie it at 126 before the Bucks went on the game-ending surge.

Middleton scored 17 first-half points and Antetokounmpo added 14 as the Bucks led 68-61 at the half. Sabonis had 13 in the half for Sacramento.

The Kings led 50-42 after Justin Holiday’s 3-pointer with 8:05 left in the half. Milwaukee answered with nine straight points and 25 of the next 32 to take a 67-57 advantage before setting for the seven-point lead at the break.

Antetokounmpo scored 14 points in the third quarter as the Bucks took a 101-92 lead into the final stanza.

–Field Level Media

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–Field Level Media