Giannis Antetokounmpo registered his second triple-double of the young season with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday afternoon, helping the host Milwaukee Bucks get back on the winning track with a 144-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Bucks used an 18-1 run in the first quarter to take command in their first game since losing Thursday at Boston, their first defeat after opening the season 7-0.
Antetokounmpo, who had only one triple-double last season, hit eight of his 11 shots and nine of his 12 free throws. His other triple-double this season had come against Philadelphia last month.
Justin Jackson had 22 points for the Kings, who had won five in a row and were looking to sweep a four-game trip that began with wins over Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.
Sacramento bolted to a 14-7 lead before the Bucks completely turned the tables with their 18-1 flurry. Khris Middleton buried a pair of 3-pointers and Ersan Ilyasova added a third in the burst.
The Bucks wound up making 22 3-pointers in the game in 56 attempts.
Milwaukee led 39-30 at quarter’s end and 72-50 at halftime before coasting home.
Eric Bledsoe had 17 points, Ilyasova 15, Malcolm Brogdon and Pat Connaughton each scored 13, Middleton and Tony Snell had 12 apiece, and John Henson 10 for the Bucks, who have scored at least 113 points in all nine of their games.
Jackson’s team-high point total for the Kings came on 9-for-12 shooting and 4-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Buddy Hield totaled 19 points, De’Aaron Fox 15, and Marvin Bagley III and Troy Williams 11 apiece for the Kings, who have lost five straight to Milwaukee.
Fox also had six rebounds and six assists in his first game since recording a triple-double Thursday at Atlanta.
—Field Level Media