Kings Takeaways: What We Learned in 141-140 Overtime Loss to Bucks


SACRAMENTO -- There is no quit in the Kings.

After an injury to rookie Marvin Bagley III late in the third quarter, the Kings responded with a fiery fourth to force overtime against the Central Division-leading Bucks.

Milwaukee jumped to an early lead in the extra session, and despite a heroic effort down the stretch by Sacramento, the Bucks held on for a 141-140 win at Golden 1 Center.

Kings guard Buddy Hield led all scorers with 32 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Sacramento, and De'Aaron Fox finished with 17 points and nine assists.

Eric Bledsoe posted a huge 26-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound triple-double for Milwaukee. Malcolm Brogdon, who was involved in play on which Bagley was injured, chipped in 25 points, and Nikola Mirotic and Khris Middleton each added 21.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings fought to the finish but fell to 31-30, two games out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot.

Bagley goes down

If losing a game wasn't bad enough, there's also losing Bagley.

Guarding Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition, Bagley ran into a hard screen from Brogdon, then awkwardly spun on his left knee. Bagley instantly went down, and he stayed down for the better part of two minutes.

Sacramento's medical team rushed onto the court, and Bagley eventually was helped off the floor and into the Kings' locker room.

According to the team, Bagley has a left knee sprain, and he will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

Giles steps in

With Bagley down, rookie Harry Giles went on the attack. The 20-year-old big rattled off a series of post plays to help bring the Kings within six points early in the fourth.

For a few minutes, Giles put the Kings on his back and carried them. He woke up the Golden 1 crowd and gave his team a shot at victory.

Giles finished with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

Finishing touch

Following Bagley's injury, the temperature got hot on the court. Riding an engaged sellout crowd, the Kings went at the Bucks down the stretch, showing the resiliency that Sacramento fans have become accustomed to this season.

After trailing by double digits, the Kings tied the score just inside of a minute. They picked up a stop on the next possession and took the lead on a Willie Cauley-Stein put-back.

Eric Bledsoe tied it with a flip in the lane with 11.4 remaining, but Fox couldn't get up a shot before the end of regulation.

Sacramento fell behind by six early in OT but managed to make it close in the final seconds.

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