December 2, 2017, 11:16 pm
The Kings made a strong attempt at a comeback after going down by 20 points in the third against the Bucks Saturday night, but the team ultimately came up short losing 104-108 in Milwaukee.
Dave Joerger elected to start the game with Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos in the starting lineup, but after an 11-0 start to the game for Milwaukee Joerger replaced all five starters at once. The team appeared to be headed for another tough game against the Bucks, but a big first quarter from Frank Mason and Buddy Hield helped keep the game within reach
The Kings were able to maintain their offensive attack through the second quarter, finishing with 52 points in the first half, but Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks an 11 point lead heading into halftime.
Sacramento appeared to heading toward another blowout after , but a strong third quarter from De’Aaron Fox and Zach Randolph allowed the Kings to end the quarter down just 12 points. The Kings were able to cut the lead to just a single point after a strong performance late in the fourth, but the team was ultimately unable to complete their comeback.
The Kings will now now have three days off before continuing their road trip with a matchup against the Cavaliers Wednesday night in Cleveland.
NOTES FROM THE GAME
- Jakar Sampson came in to the game early in the first quarter after Skal Labissiere drew three early fouls off the bench, and he was also given an opportunity to start the third quarter after Willie Cauley-Stein suffered a back strain in the second quarter. Sampson wasn;t able to make much of an impact as a scorer in 29 minutes of action, but his energy on both sides of the ball allowed him to contribute despite his struggles from the floor. If Cauley-Stein is forced to miss extended time, Sampson may see some extra time to help fill the gap.
- Buddy Hield had another great game off the bench, scoring 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Hield was removed from the starting lineup after struggling with his shot early in the season, but he has been able to show in recent games that he’s still one of the best scorers on the team. Hield’s best role for the team may be off the bench, but Sacramento may want to see if adding him to the starting lineup could help the team avoid more slow starts.