MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks picked up their sixth win in a row Saturday night by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-95 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Milwaukee is starting to figure out how to win without gaudy numbers from Giannis Antetokounmpo, taking advantage of double digit scoring by seven players en route to the win. Tony Snell led the Bucks with 19 points, while Antetokounmpo added 18.
”We’d love for everybody to score 10 points but the big thing is these guys kept fighting,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ”There are a lot of tired bodies in that locker room.”
The six-game winning streak is the longest Milwaukee has had since the 2011-2012 season. The current run has also placed the Bucks into playoff contention, currently holding what would be the eighth and final playoff spot with about 2 ½ weeks to play.
”You’ve got to play for today,” Kidd said. ”You can’t control the lottery balls. You never know what the future holds. With free agency and the way things change so fast in this league, you have to try to get through that process sooner rather than later.”
It’s the fifth straight game Milwaukee has held its opponent under 100 points — a season-best streak.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves controlled the game from the start, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 116-99 Friday night.
Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns led the charge for Minnesota, contributing 31 and 18 points, respectively, while Anthony-Towns also added 16 rebounds. Zach LaVine poured in an additional 24 from the bench, along with 22 from Shabazz Muhammad.
Milwaukee never took a lead in this game, with the only real positive being the 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists provided by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks shot just 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free throw line, while turning the ball over 14 times.
The T-Wolves dominated from the start, outscoring the Bucks 34-21 in the opening quarter. Jabari Parker gave the Bucks 20 points in the losing effort, and wasn’t happy with their performance as a whole.
”I’d rather lose to the Bulls than lose to this team,” Parker said. ”It’s not against them, but we’ve got to win these games. We got to. If we want to be good we’ve got to win these games.”
Milwaukee travels to Chicago to face the Bulls Saturday night at 6.