Wolves Roll Past Bucks, 117-95
Wolves Roll Past Bucks, 117-95
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a four-day break before Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards and they knew that it was important for them to win back-to-back games against Eastern Conference foes.
After defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 117-95 on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, they did exactly that and now sit at 15-15, good for ninth place in the Western Conference, two games back from the Dallas Mavericks.
Wolves at Bucks
“Yeah, we really came out strong in the third quarter,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. “We talked about that at half, we need to come out and establish ourselves and win that quarter and we played well for a back-to-back game on the road. It was a nice win.”
The Bucks did their best to bounce back in the fourth quarter after trailing 103-76 going into it (Milwaukee outscored Minnesota 17-2 to start the quarter), but Adelman inserted his starters back in to put the icing on the cake.
,br> The Wolves were led by Love, who finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Martin added 20 points. Nikola Pekovic had another double-double, scoring 19 points while hauling in 11 rebounds. Corey Brewer rounded out the starters with 12 points.
Minnesota’s bench combined for 29 points.
Milwaukee was led by Khris Middleton, who finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Only two other players hit double-digits. O.J. Mayo led the bench with 19 points and Brandon Knight finished with 18.
The Wolves don’t get much of a rest, as they have three games in the next six days. Minnesota hopes that this small two-game winning streak will ultimately turn into something bigger. The next three games on Minnesota’s schedule are at home.
“Yeah, that helps,” Love said. “... We have to play well at home. We have to, you know, grind out as many as we can on the road, but especially in front of Target Center in Minneapolis, those are the games we need to win.”
Leader of the Pack: Kevin Love
What we continue to see out of Kevin Love is truly spectacular. Love had another game that fans have only come to expect out of him.
The two-time All-Star finished with a game-high 33 points to go along with 15 rebounds and six assists. Love was extremely efficient as well, shooting 11-of-16 from the field, 4-of-6 from the 3-point line and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. It was Love’s sixth 30+ point game of the season and his 12th game with five or more assists.
“Oh, he’s been very, very good,” Adelman said. “... He does so much for us and night after night he continues to do it and that just shows you what we missed last year.”
Highlight of the Night
With 51.7 seconds left in the third quarter, Matt Stafford hooked up with Calvin Johnson once again. Umm, we mean Kevin Love hooked up with Corey Brewer once again for a full-court pass that resulted in a nice Brewer throw-down to give the Wolves a 103-72 lead. The assists was Love’s sixth in the game, while Brewer scored his point No. 12.
Wolves 117, Bucks 95
“He’s really an intelligent player. He sees the floor and so I think he’s just gotten his teammates much better and he’s playing much better as a team defender, so I think that’s just a growth he needs to make.” — Wolves head coach Rick Adelman on the improvements that Kevin Love has made this season.
The Timberwolves wrap up their one-game on the road and head home to take on the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Target Center. The Wolves then host the New Orleans Pelicans at the same time on Jan. 1.
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