The Sacramento Kings have a future, but the Milwaukee Bucks are owning the present.
The young and talented Kings gave the Bucks everything they could ask for Wednesday night, but Milwaukee still had enough to score a thrilling 141-140 victory at the Golden 1 Center.
Eric Bledsoe put on a show with 26 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and his power-drive layup with 11.4 seconds left got the Bucks into overtime after the Kings went on a 20-4 run to take a 126-124 lead with 28.7 seconds left.
Bledsoe opened the overtime with a 3-pointer, then assisted a Nikola Mirotic 3-pointer, as the Bucks broke out to a 132-126 lead. But the Kings never quit. Bogdan Bogdanovic’s fourth 3-pointer of the night cut it to 136-135 with 1:12 left in the extra period.
Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer with 16.8 seconds left gave the Bucks a 137-133 lead, and pairs of free throws by Mirotic and Brogdon kept the Bucks safely ahead, making Bogdanovic’s fifth 3-pointer of the night just window dressing at the buzzer.
The Bucks won their sixth straight game overall and their ninth straight road game. The last time they won nine in a row on the road came in the 1981-82 season. The team record of 11 straight road wins was set in the 1971 championship season.
Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-14, pushing its lead over Toronto to 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.
The Bucks led by 14 points with just over six minutes left, as Bledsoe’s layup with 6:14 left gave them a 120-106 lead.
But the Kings didn’t know any better and just kept coming back. A young and talented team, the Kings clamped down on defense and got into the open court.
Buddy Hield scored six points, four of them on free throws off fast-break fouls. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harrison Barnes hit open 3-pointers. Willie Cauley-Stein’s putback with 29.7 seconds left capped a 20-4 blitz to give the Kings a 126-124 lead.
Bledsoe got the Bucks to overtime, first overpowering Bogdanovic for a layup with 11.4 seconds left, then knocking the ball away from De’Aaron Fox to prevent the Kings from even getting off a shot.
Brogdon finished with 25 points, and Khris Middleton and Mirotic finished with 21 each, as the Bucks tried to limit the minutes on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s sore right knee. Antetokounmpo played just 24 minutes and contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.
Hield lead the Kings (31-30) with 32 points, but went just 10 for 29 on the night, and Bogdanovic added 28. Harrison Barnes chipped in 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The young and exciting Kings suffered a potentially serious blow as rookie Marvin Bagley III left late in the third quarter with a left knee injury. Bagley had five offensive rebounds to that point.