NBA: Middleton, Antetokounmpo help Bucks outlast Wolves

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Posted at Feb 24 2019 01:26 PM

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Keita Bates-Diop (31) watch the ball during the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Khris Middleton scored 28 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists on Saturday night as the Milwaukee Bucks won for the 16th time in their last 18 games, beating the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 140-128.

The Bucks got off to a fast start en route to reaching 140 points for the fourth time this season. Antetokounmpo drove the lane for a dunk 14 seconds into the game and had 11 points in the opening 3:09.

Milwaukee went on to its fourth consecutive victory and second in a row since the All-Star break.

Derrick Rose scored 23 points, and Taj Gibson added 20 for the Timberwolves, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Minnesota was playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns for the second consecutive game after the All-Star was in a car accident Thursday that left him with a concussion. Towns is day-to-day in advance of Monday's home game against the Sacramento Kings.

In a game where the offense flowed, the Bucks took a 35-32 lead after one quarter, but the Timberwolves worked their way back to take a 70-69 lead at halftime on a floating jumper in the lane by Rose in the final seconds before the buzzer.

Minnesota stayed aggressive on offense, carrying a 109-107 lead into the final period in a game where both teams scored at least 32 points in each of the first three quarters.

It wasn't until early in the fourth quarter that the Bucks took control. They grabbed the lead for good at with a 9-0 run early in the final period, eventually extending the run to 18-2 for a 129-115 advantage.

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and Anthony Tolliver had 17 for Minnesota, going 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Tolliver also had a monstrous block of an Antetokounmpo dunk attempt. Josh Okogie had 14 points.

Brook Lopez had 19 points, and Nikola Mirotic added 17 in his second game with the Bucks after coming over in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe each had 16 for Milwaukee.

George Hill played just three minutes for the Bucks and did not return after the first quarter because of a left adductor strain.

The Bucks play eight of the next 10 games on the road. They are 20-9 away from home this season.

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