Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard close it out as Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard close it out as Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard close it out as Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107

Jim Owczarski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Bucks showcased their resilience and skill with a stellar performance, securing a significant 112-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the leading team in the Western Conference, at the Target Center.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard close it out as Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard close it out as Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107

 

A Strong Statement Win

“It was a great barometer for us,” commented Bucks center Brook Lopez. “We put a lot of great work in before the all-star break in the games leading up; the wins and losses didn’t necessarily reflect that, but we’d been having great practices, learning a lot from each other, learning a lot from the staff, from Doc, and you’ve heard it said – it’s been a training camp atmosphere. We had a great practice yesterday that was just like that.”

Lopez continued, “Obviously you don’t need me to tell you that was a great team we just played, the best team in the West. It’s a great environment. We just played them a couple weeks ago and they destroyed us, dominated us. So to come out and play the way we played for the majority of the game, that’s a great sign.”

Battling Through a Late Rally

The Bucks (36-21) faced a strong fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves (39-18), who reduced a 17-point deficit to just four with 1 minute, 58 seconds remaining. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard displayed exceptional composure to seal the win for the Bucks.

First, Antetokounmpo secured two tough offensive rebounds and converted 3 of 4 free throws, extending the Bucks’ lead to 108-101. Despite Anthony Edwards’ clutch three-pointers with 47 and 31 seconds left, narrowing the gap to four and three points respectively, Antetokounmpo outplayed a double-team by Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, assisting Jae Crowder for a crucial bucket.

Key Performances Seal the Deal

Antetokounmpo finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Lillard contributed 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, showcasing their leadership and skill in critical moments.

With this impressive victory, the Bucks have demonstrated their ability to compete at the highest level and are poised for a strong finish to the season.

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