The Milwaukee Bucks won their sixth straight game on Saturday, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves. What can we take away from the suddenly surging Bucks?
In a matchup between two streaking young teams, the Milwaukee Bucks dispatched the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 102-95, keeping their win streak alive and boosting their playoff chances.
In addition to having won four of their last five games, the Timberwolves also possess the NBA’s best defensive rating since the All-Star break (the Bucks rank ninth), which showed in the game’s low score.
The action was close throughout, with no team taking a lead of larger than eight points for the first three quarters. This game definitely had the tense, back and forth feel of a playoff contest, with high effort and intensity coming from both sides.
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The Bucks were led in scoring by none other than Tony Snell, who finished with 19 points thanks mostly to a 4-of-7 shooting night from behind the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a relatively inefficient 18 points, shooting just 6-for-15 but coming up with some big defensive plays down the stretch.
Playing short-handed, Jason Kidd had to dig deep into his bench for the second night in a row and was rewarded with an incredibly balanced team effort.
A whopping seven Bucks scored in double figures, although none eclipsed the 20-point mark.
The win keeps the Bucks in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game up on the Miami Heat, who incidentally own the tiebreaker between the two teams.
Being their last home game before a crucial West Coast road trip coming up, this was a huge victory for the Bucks. As for what matters out of this game, let’s get started!