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Bucks bury Timberwolves for first 8-0 start

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Bucks bury Timberwolves for first 8-0 start

BIG BATTLE. Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert fouls Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second quarter.

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Milwaukee coasts to an 8-0 season start for the first time as Giannis Antetokounmpo posts a triple-double to keep the Bucks the only unbeaten team in the league

Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his first triple-double of the season as the Milwaukee Bucks improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis on Friday, November 4 (Saturday, November 5, Manila time).

Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Bobby Portis added 18 points, rookie MarJon Beauchamp scored a career-high 14, and Grayson Allen chipped in 10 for Milwaukee, which never trailed after the opening two minutes and led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 24 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Jaylen Nowell chipped in 13 points for the Wolves, who lost their third straight and shot 11-of-41 (26.8%) from three-point range.

Milwaukee remained the league’s only undefeated team after shooting 17-of-38 (44.7%) from beyond the arc.

The Bucks held an 11-point advantage entering the fourth quarter and extended the lead to 108-91 when Antetokounmpo scored with 8:07 remaining.

Edwards made one of his three three-pointers to cut the lead to 108-99 with 5:10 left, but the Wolves would get no closer.

Holiday, who shot 12-of-24, is averaging 28.5 points on 55.8% shooting over his past four games.

Milwaukee ended the first quarter with a 34-26 lead after shooting 63.2% from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.

The Bucks stretched their lead to 14 on Beauchamp’s trey with 10:21 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota battled back and trailed 61-54 at the break after Jaden McDaniels closed the half with a three-pointer.

Holiday scored 16 points in the first half to lead all scorers. Milwaukee was 11-of-23 (47.8%) from three-point range while Minnesota was just 6-of-19 (31.6%).

The Bucks moved ahead 86-64 on Holiday’s three-pointer with 4:17 left in the third quarter, but Minnesota responded with 10 straight points to stay within striking distance. – Rappler.com

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