Giannis Antetokounmpo is a nailed-on MVP candidate for the dominant 46-7 Milwaukee Bucks. But on Monday night, the rest of the team showed just how good they truly were in his absence, going on to defeat the Sacramento Kings without their leading star- who became a father- by a score of 123-111 at home.
Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe, two parts of a supporting cast that has been put together methodically over time, led the way, both putting up 28 points apiece. Down the stretch, they were simply impervious, outscoring the Kings by 14 in the final quarter to come from two down and win by 12. Harrison Barnes had 23 for the Kings in the losing effort, which saw them fall to a 21-32 record on the season. That makes it five wins consecutively for the Bucks and just one loss over the course of their last 15. Mighty impressive, and it proves just why they are the league’s best team in terms of overall record.