The Milwaukee Bucks managed to grab a much-needed moral victory win tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team was led by a fired-up Eric Bledsoe (#NBAvote) who put up 26 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. Giannis Antetokounmpo (#NBAvote) contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.
After a dominant first quarter by the Wolves, the momentum began to swing in the Bucks favor for a bit in the second quarter -- led by endless source of energy, Eric Bledsoe. Two back to back missed dunks by the Bucks, 10 total turnovers, and some angry booing later, the Bucks entered halftime trailing the Wolves 56-46.
The Wolves maintained their 10 point lead until two minutes into the fourth quarter. An angry slam from Giannis started a run that was topped off with Middleton tying the game at 88 with a three. The final five minutes were an impressive showcase of the energy and effort Jason Kidd so desperately has been wanting. A truly impressive comeback to a game that looked unwinnable at times.
The Timberwolves were lead by the duo of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, who combined for 43 points. Towns finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, followed closely by Wiggins’ 21 points and 3 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had 20 points, 7 assists, and 5 boards.
Stat That Stood Out
Malcolm Brogdon’s entire stat line off the bench stood out most; he was +20 in 26 minutes. His 13 points were huge, and he added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal on top of that. Without his productivity off the bench, I’m not sure the Bucks could have pulled this one out. I’ll be interested to see if Brogdon gets more minutes moving forward after this impressive showing tonight.