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By JORDAN GARRETSON
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Neither the Milwaukee Bucks nor Sacramento Kings have much tangible to aim for as they play out the remainders of disappointing seasons.
The Milwaukee Bucks may be a little more motivated, however, assuming they want to avoid finishing with the worst record in franchise history.
Milwaukee tries to snap a six-game skid Sunday when it visits Sacramento in a matchup of struggling franchises.
The Bucks (13-56), who own the league's worst record, will miss out on the post season for the sixth time in eight seasons. They'll have to win at least eight of their final 13 contests to avoid matching the club's all-time worst mark of 20-62 set in 1993-94. Seven of their remaining games are on the road, where they've lost 17 of 18, and eight of their remaining opponents are above .500.
Milwaukee lost another starter to injury in Thursday's 115-110 loss at Golden State with Nate Wolters breaking his left hand while trying to get around a screen in the first half. Wolters, who was making his 24th straight start, is done for the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to start in his place, but the rookie is averaging just 5.3 points on 29.8 percent shooting over his last 11 contests.
Coach Larry Drew already confirmed before the game that Larry Sanders - who hasn't played since Feb. 8 due to a broken orbital bone - will not return this season.
The Kings (24-45) will miss out on postseason play for the eighth straight season and come off their lowest point total of the season after a 99-79 home loss to San Antonio on Friday. Sacramento shot marginally better, hitting 40.0 percent of its shots compared to 38.7 percent by the Spurs, but committed 15 turnovers to San Antonio's nine.
"If you had told me going into tonight's game that we hold the Spurs to 99 points, 38 percent from the field, and 20 percent from three-point, I would've said we were going to win the game," coach Michael Malone said.
DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double and ninth in 10 games, but the Kings were outscored 44-28 in the paint. Sacramento also recorded just 17 assists and has posted a 0.86 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last eight games. The Kings' 1.22 overall ratio is the NBA's worst.
"I don't think we moved the ball enough," Cousins said. "We came down and got quick shots. That kind of hurt us. If we moved the ball a lot better we would've had a chance at this game."
Cousins was one of three Kings scoring 21-plus in a 116-102 win at Milwaukee on March 5, as Isaiah Thomas led Sacramento with 25. Brandon Knight, who is averaging 20.6 points over his last 15 contests, scored 15 for Milwaukee. His 19.8 points per game in five career matchups with the Kings is his highest scoring average against any opponent.
The Kings have lost four of five to the Bucks in Sacramento.
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Cousins, Thomas lead Kings past Bucks 124-107
By JEFF WEIDEL
Posted Mar 23 2014 8:54PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 30 points and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings' 124-107 victory Sunday that sent the Milwaukee Bucks to their seventh straight loss.
The Kings demonstrated early they would not be overlooking the struggling Bucks. Sacramento led by 23 points after one quarter, took a 70-44 lead into halftime, and were ahead by 34 points after three quarters.
Rudy Gay had 24 points and eight rebounds and Ben McLemore scored 15 points for the Kings, who had dropped four of their past five home games against the Bucks.
Cousins scored in a variety of ways and the Bucks were never able to contain the talented Kings center. He made 14 of 19 shots, four of six free throws and added four assists and two steals.
O.J. Mayo scored 21 points for Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova had 14 and Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions each added 13 for Milwaukee. The Bucks outscored the Kings 37-20 in the fourth quarter, but the effort was much too late.
Brandon Knight came in averaging 20.1 points in March. But the Milwaukee guard missed his first seven shots and finished 2-of-12 and had six points and seven assists.
Milwaukee has dropped 10 of 11 games overall. The Bucks have won only eight home games and have lost eight straight and 18 of 19 on the road, dating to Jan. 2. Their lone road win in that stretch was Feb. 24 against Philadelphia, another struggling team.
Milwaukee will need to reverse the losing trend if it hopes to avoid a franchise-worst season. The 1993-94 Bucks had a 20-62 record.
Thomas scored 14 points and Cousins had 11 in the third quarter. Sacramento went over the 100-point mark on Thomas' 3-pointer at the 2:35 mark and was in front 104-70 after three quarters.
The Kings came out a little sluggish in the third quarter, but seemed to get inspired after Cousins grabbed a rebound and dribbled the length of the court and finished with a resounding dunk. The basket ignited a 16-3 run that put the Kings ahead 90-57.
Sacramento had a double-digit lead midway through the period and closed with an 18-3 margin. Cousins had 14 points and the Kings shot 67 percent in taking a 39-16 lead into the second period.
Cousins had 21 points and eight rebounds in helping the Kings dominate the first half in building a 26-point lead.
NOTES: Bucks rookie guard Nate Wolters fractured his left hand Thursday against Golden State and will miss the final 13 games of the season. ... Kings reserve forward Quincy Acy is bothered by a sprained right ankle and missed his second straight game. ... The Bucks shot 27 percent in the opening quarter and 35 percent in the first half. ... Mayo had not played in the previous six games. ... Royce White played his second straight game for the Kings, getting in for the final 48 seconds.
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