DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were being swarmed by defenders in the first half. The Milwaukee Bucks were determined to prevent the Kings’ duo from beating them with their scoring. Cousins and Gay responded by repeatedly setting up teammates, helping the Kings take a double-digit lead in a 116-102 victory Wednesday night at Bradley Center. The Kings had 21 assists, with Gay getting six and Cousins five. “Anytime you can play through a player like DeMarcus or Rudy that demands a double team and they can make the right play, that’s so valuable as a coach to have,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. The Kings were efficient on offense, committing only nine turnovers, their first game with fewer than 10 turnovers since Jan. 7 against Portland. The key was the willingness of the Kings’ top offensive threats to move the ball instead of forcing the action and causing turnovers. “They were keying on me and Rudy a lot tonight, especially in the first half,” Cousins said. “Our teammates did a great job of getting open and hitting shots. I feel like we handled the situation well with the double teams.” Sacramento’s three leading scorers – Cousins, Gay and Isaiah Thomas – combined for 68 points and 17 assists. “You’ve got to play off your guys, and we have to make people better,” Gay said. “We played well (Wednesday). We moved the ball, got people involved, and when they double-teamed us, we’ve got to kick it out.” The Kings (22-39) are at their worst on offense when the ball stays in the hands of one player who attempts to make a play on his own. But they avoided that problem against the Bucks, a league-worst 12-48, for their ninth road victory of the season, surpassing last season’s total. Sacramento has had trouble with spacing on offense and passing but was better in both areas Wednesday.
Kings just go with the flow in win over Milwaukee
Sacramento Bee | Mar 6