SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 46 points and 12 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 133-124 Monday night.
Khris Middleton had 31 points and Brook Lopez added 23 for the Bucks, who are on course to become the first team to clinch their playoff spot this season. They came into the game with a win and loss to Miami, but the Heat beat Utah.
Domantas Sabonis had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox had 35 points to lead the Kings and Kevin Huerter scored 17 of 28 points in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks scored six straight points on a 3-pointer from Lopez and three free throws from Middleton to take a 106-100 lead with less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Sacramento responded with eight straight points to go ahead by two thanks to Huerter’s 3-pointer.
Antetokounmpo had two free throws to cap a 7-0 run that put Milwaukee up 113-108 with five minutes remaining and the Kings couldn’t get less than two points the rest of the game. Another 7-0 run extended the margin to 127-116 with two minutes remaining.