Hield scores 19 in loss to Bucks


Tribune Sports Reporter


BOTH the Sacramento Kings' five-game win streak and Buddy Hield's run of consecutive 20-point games came to an end at the hands of one of the leading teams in the Eastern Conference.

Hield finished with 19 points in the Kings' 144-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He shot 8-15 from the floor, 2-5 from three, and added four rebounds in just 24 minutes in the lopsided loss and fell just short of his sixth consecutive game reaching the 20-point mark. Hield got out to a quick start in the first quarter with 12 points on 5-7 shooting, 2-3 from three, but the Kings still trailed 39-30. The Bucks opened the second quarter on an 11-0 run and took a 72-50 lead into the half.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had his second triple-double this season with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Bucks.

The Kings fell to 6-4 while the Bucks improved to 8-1. It represents the best nine-game start in franchise history.

Milwaukee also set a season high for points in a game and also set the franchise record for three-pointers made with 22.

Over the past six games, Hield has been one of the league's hottest players, averaging 23.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, shooting 55 per cent from the field and 48 per cent from beyond the arc.

During the winning streak, the Kings' new fast-paced offence was averaging approximately 111 points per game.

They surrendered a season-high 144 points just days after scoring 146 in a lopsided win over the Atlanta Hawks last Thursday.

The Kings return home to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, to host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.