February 7, 2023

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Timberwolves 123-114: Tank Antetokounmpo bids farewell to 2022 with a 40-year performance

Giannis Antetokounmpo was magic once again and this time his stellar performance coupled with the Bucks’ victory over the Timberwolves (123-114). A 40-game performance by Greek Freak, Milwaukee broke a four-game losing streak that didn’t have a Jrue Holiday-Chris Middleton in its composition this time around either.

The longest road trip of the season took its toll on the Bucks, but early Saturday morning (12/31), the 2021 champions went home and defeated the Timberwolves (123-114) to snap a four-game losing streak. Milwaukee’s team struggled a lot in the first half, but had a good third period as well Giannis Antikonmo On a wild note, he took the score to change time in good spirit before two more games in the Fiserv Forum against the Washington Wizards.

The Bucks’ tally rose to 23-12 (15-3 at home and 8-9 away), With Greek fancy he does things and miracles And after the legendary 45/22/5 he wrote in Chicago to write 43/20/5 for the first consecutive 40/20 game since Moses Malone in 1982 and for the first consecutive 40/20/5 game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1966. This time, of course, he hit the win, Where Bobby Portez pulled off another incredible double-double off the bench and Joe Engels showed why he’s a game changer in this group. The Aussie bowled, made plays and worked well for Antetokounmpo one night when Jrue Holiday was sidelined with illness and Khris Middleton had knee problems again.

The Timberwolves fell to 16-20 (9-8 at home and 7-12 away), who were without an injured Carl-Anthony Towns and an ailing Rudy Jobber and as a result lost a lot of power near the basket. The hyper-competitive Anthony Edwards fought with incredible tenacity to be the hero of the night, the Nas Reed-Luca Garza also played with passion, but D’Angelo Russell was awful and the esteemed Minnesota team wouldn’t have much to do. Its last race of 2022.

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ next opponent is the Washington Wizards, and in fact it’s two games in three nights. First Monday morning at 03:00, then Wednesday morning and again at 03:00.

Antetokounmpo account

Impressively aggressive early on, he entered the game throwing 4/4 2 and 2/2, and whenever he decided to attack the Timberwolves’ defense, he either scored or was fouled for getting to the line. And when he decided to make, he found iron around him.

In 20 minutes, for example, the Bucks had 2/19 on three pointers, with Greek Freak closing out the first half with 22 points on two 7/12 shots, 8/13 shots and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. By the end of the night he had written for the second time in a row 40/20/5. Shocking, showman and with a rare mentality these days.

43 points
13/22 two throws
1/1 three points
14/21 rounds
20 follow up
5 assists
1 robbery
2 blocks
5 errors
3 errors
16 earned fouls
+9 to +/-
37.5 osg%
At 37:50

50-58 points at bat, 15-20 upset points, 48-42 replacement points, 9-18 foul points, 26-15 second chance points (offensive rebounds), with the Bucks getting twice as many rebounds (79-41) ) such as Timberwolves.

Race

Minnesota’s start to the game was good (13-15 in 5 minutes), but even better was Giannis who quickly hit 10 points on 4/4 2 shots and 2/3 shots. The Timberwolves didn’t have their greatest, but they had a versatility, shot well, believed in themselves to take a six-point lead (21-27) and closed the period at +1. Meanwhile, Portis has developed into backup Antetokounmpo (11 points, 5/7 shooting), but the Bucks defense hasn’t performed very well, at least consistently.

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Early in the second half, Milwaukee tried to play harder, but Lopez’s third error made the turnover more difficult. Budenholzer threw two ways- Green and Mamukelasvili early in the game, with Giannis remaining the ultimate threat to the Wolves defense. But also with 2/19 three-pointers after 20 minutes of play, a performance that did not allow the home team to play good basketball or advance. Even two minutes worse dropped them to -13 (42-55), with the halftime score luring them in. Even if they get another 20 rebounds!

With Antetokounmpo still on offense and making his first three-pointer, the Bucks entered the second half with the goal of quickly closing the gap. They did, bringing their lead to 29 before the middle of the third period before breaking a three-pointer and hitting a three-pointer pass for Green-Portis who pulled within a point (73-74) at 32′. Water entered the groove, Giannis and Portis scored 79-74 in the apotheosis and 89-83 at the end of the twelve-minute period gave Elafia joy overwhelmed by the pressure for the score.

Engels, Portis and Carter were giving it all at the start of the fourth, and the lead rose to ten (99-89) and 16 (105-89) shortly thereafter thanks to new long shots from Allen and Green. However, the Timberwolves did not give up the game. With an error on goal from Jaylen Nowell, they cut back to five (110-105) exactly in the 45th minute, but there Antetokounmpo answered them again with a basket and an assist to Lopez for a mistake on goal that led to a new double-digit. Lead. At the end of the game, which was fun and a wonderful performance from the best player in the world.

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the dodecalepta: 33-34, 50-61, 89-83, 123-114

Bucks Milwaukee (Mike Budenholzer): Connaughton 2 (0/6 3-pointer, 4 rebounds), Antitokonmo 43 (13/22 2-pointer, 1/1 3-pointer, shooting 14/21, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 37 :50), Lopez 13 (5/8 2 points, 0/3 3 points, 3/4 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks), Allen 7 (2/4 3 heads, 4 rebounds), Carter 10 (2 3 made shots, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), Beauchamp 5, Portis 22 (6/12 2 made, 3/5 3 made, 14 rebounds), Engels 14 (4/7 3 made, 5 rebounds, 10 assists) , Green 7 (2), Mammukilasvili

Minnesota Timberwolves (Chris Finch): McDaniels 4, Anderson 7 (4 assists), Reid 16 (5/11 2-pointers, 2/8 3-pointers, 7 rebounds), Edwards 30 (8/14 2-pointers, 2/6 3-points, 8/14 shots, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks), Russell 15 (3/10 shooting, 8/8 shots, 5 rebounds, 7 assists), Rivers, Noel 16 (1), Knight, Garza 16 (5 /7 2-headers, 6/6 shots), Ryan 10 (2)

Milwaukee Bucks stats: 29/54 2 made, 14/39 3 made, 23/33 blocked shots, 79 rebounds, 25 assists, 5 steals, 8 blocks, 21 turnovers, 25 fumbles

Minnesota Timberwolves stats: 32/62 2 made, 8/30 3 made, 26/34 blocked shots, 41 rebounds, 18 assists, 10 steals, 5 blocks, 8 turnovers, 28 fouls