In front of a crowd featuring sports stars Bill Belichick, Antonio Brown, and Floyd Mayweather, the Minnesota Timberwolves dominated the Milwaukee Bucks from start to finish, as they won Thursday night 108-89.
1. There's that defense we've been looking for. The Wolves, after giving up an average of 112 points per game over their last nine games, held this Bucks team to 89 points for the game, and under 25 points in three of four quarters. The Wolves held the Bucks to 17 points in the first, and 22 in the second and third quarters before allowing 28 in garbage time. They did this by limiting the Bucks to 37.6 percent shooting from the field, and 20.7 percent shooting from the free throw line. They also held this team that lives around the basket to only 42 points inside the paint.
2. The Wolves offense on the other hand wasn't amazing, but it did enough to get the job done. The team's field goal percentage was outstanding at 53.9 percent from the field. Their three-point percentage was as good at 36.8 percent, but their 85 percent shooting from the free throw line making 17-20 made up for it.
3. The Wolves were led offensively but Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, who combined for 52 points (Butler scored 28 and Towns scored 24). They did this on 8-15 shooting and 2-5 from three for Butler, and 10-13 shooting and 1-2 from three for Towns. Butler also hit 10-11 from the charity stripe. Towns hauled in 11 rebounds and three assists, while Butler grabbed four boards, dished out six assists, and got one steal.
1. JIMMY BUTLER PLAYED 40 MINUTES IN A 19-POINT VICTORY!!!!! That is all.
2. A few too many turnovers (13) than I would like to see, and they were out-rebounded 53-45 but that's splitting hairs.
3. Andrew Wiggins also struggled from the field going 3-10 and scoring only seven points, but he made up for that by collecting three steals and a block.
Overall the Wolves did what they were supposed to in this game. They played defense, made their free throws, took and made a lot of shots in the paint, and a good portion of their threes. Not much to complain about whatsoever, and an important win after their struggles over the road swing. The Wolves take Friday off but are back on the court on Saturday as they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. at the Target Center.