After returning back home to Milwaukee following a 104-93 loss in Brooklyn to the Nets, the Bucks couldn’t turn things around against Minnesota. Milwaukee suffered their 24th loss of the season in a 117-95 blowout against the Timberwolves. The win turned out to be Minnesota’s third straight against the Bucks.
Minnesota held a nine point lead over the Bucks at halftime after shooting over 50% from the field and from three. The incredible shooting performance from Minnesota resulted in them also scored 39 points in just the third quarter alone, totaling 103 at the end of the third. Bucks coach Larry Drew post-game said, “We didn’t make shots early in the third quarter, and we just didn’t execute.”
Kevin Love scored 33 points while also pulling down 14 rebounds. This was Kevin’s league-leading 27th double-double of the season. Kevin Martin scored 20 points while draining four three pointers in the game.
For Milwaukee, it was the opposite. Ersan Ilyasova continued his recent slump by shooting 2-for-10 in the game and putting up a measly four points. Milwaukee as a team shot 45% and only managed to shoot 23% from the three point line. Khris Middleton led all Bucks players with 23 points on the night.
Khris Middleton: 23 points, nine rebounds, two blocks. Khris was a bright spot for the Bucks on the night. His shooting thus far has been a consistent spot for Milwaukee. He attacked the rim pretty well in the game and found his shot many times. Larry Drew after the game regarding Khris’ shooting said, “He’s shooting with confidence, he’s shooting within rhythm.”
Ersan Ilyasova: Four points (2-for-10 shooting), three rebounds, two turnovers. Ersan put up another bad stat line after shooting 2-for-11 in the previous game against Brooklyn. He’ll keep getting his shots, but you have to wonder how much longer this can continue before Larry Drew takes him out of the lineup for a while.
Larry Sanders: Nine points, 10 rebounds, 33 minutes. With John Henson not playing, Larry saw extended minutes after only playing in his second game back from injury. Love and Pekovic combined for a total of 52 points in this game, as a rim protector, Larry has to limit them much better. Surprisingly, Sanders did not record a single block in this game.
Brandon Knight: 18 points, five assists, two rebounds. A solid overall game for Knight, nothing flashy, but four turnovers on his stat sheet aren’t very appealing.
Caron Butler: Six points (3-for-11 shooting), four assists, five rebounds. Butler shot poorly in this game and has also struggled since returning from injury. In the previous game against Brooklyn, he shot 0-for-7.
Milwaukee will be in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers for their next game on the last day of the year and won’t return home until January when they face Golden State on January 7th.