Bucks vs. Timberwolves – Game Summary – March 19, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS–With Patrick Beverly taking the lead in his first season with the team, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to prove they’re no longer easy.

Maintaining their composure after a first-quarter skirmish in which Beverly was sent off, the Timberwolves showed their growth with a dominant victory over the defending champions.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds, Anthony Edwards scored 25 points and Minnesota moved away from Saturday’s 138-119 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, who was playing without star Giannis Antetokounmpo due to a sore right knee.

“Anytime we step onto the field, we have to win,” Townes said. “Easy like that. There’s no excuse. We don’t feel like we have to lose to anyone. We feel like we can beat anyone. So, every time we get into the ring, we feel like we have to win. If we do what we’re supposed to do, we feel It’s a guaranteed win.”

Nas Red added 14 points from the bench for Minnesota in a game that turned tense early on.

Beverly and Milwaukee’s George Hill was sent off late in the first quarter after a squabble that began when Bucks center Serge Ibaka and Timberwolves striker Torrian Prince was tied down after a free throw attempt.

Beverly ran and pushed Ibaka and Red Hill pushed Beverly.

“I thought they were fantastic,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said of his team’s reaction. “It didn’t actually escalate into anything. We didn’t lose our focus or our efforts.”

Minnesota won for the 10th time in 11 games by dominating in the third quarter with a 3-pointer set. The Timberwolves fired 22 of 47 of 3, including 9 of 14 in third.

“They’re good,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They have something good going on right now. They are in a good rhythm. But the transitions have been a big part of them, which has kind of allowed them to break away from us.”

The Bucks had 14 turnovers, resulting in 21 points for Minnesota.

Chris Middleton scored 15 for Milwaukee, which won eight points out of nine, and Junior Holiday added 14 points.

Brooke Lopez scored 15 goals in his third game after recovering from back surgery and started in place of Antetokounmo, who was ruled out because the team was managing pressure on his knees.

Edwards had 12 points in the first quarter to lead Wolverhampton to a solid start before the tension set in.

After Beverly and Hill were fired, Milwaukee’s Bobby Portes Jr. and Reed received identical technical fouls. The Timberwolves weren’t afraid to share their newfound confidence, but defending champion Bucks didn’t take it.

Emotions were tempered in the second half as Minnesota made any talk a moot point.

Edwards scored three points in third and Towns scored eight goals in the quarter in a pair of 3 seconds as Wolves scored 38 goals in the quarter and led them up to 24.

“We can’t control who’s playing or who’s off the field or whatever, but I thought it was a really focused and really great performance on our part, mostly,” Finch said. “We played good energy, went out and ran, and moved the ball well early on, which is what we were struggling to do early in the games. It generated a lot of really good looks.”

Beverly effect

Beverly injected some bragging to a Minnesota team that has made the playoffs once in 17 years.

The Timberwolves also gained confidence with a March run that included a 124-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers that had Minnesota – with Beverly playing his usual turn – talking trash-talkingly about LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and the Lakers.

“The way Pat brought the grit and hunger to this team and the booty, I think is fantastic,” Reed said.

Hint

Bucks: J-Pat Connaughton is back in his first game since breaking a bone in his right hand on February 10. He had 15 points off the bench.

Timberwolves: Towns were in doubt for the match with a contusion to the right forearm. There were several moments when the injury seemed to trouble the big All-Star man. …F Jaden McDaniels missed his second game due to a sprained left ankle. Reed is back after missing two games with back spasms.

next one

Bucks: Going home against Chicago on Tuesday.

Timberwolves: In Dallas on Monday.

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