Dec 28, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) grabs a rebound as his team plays the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Minnesota defeated Milwaukee 117-95. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wolves Beat Bucks, 117-95

The Milwaukee Bucks, they bring all their equipment on the bus…

The Bucks have also allowed opponents to make more than 10 three pointers against them in seven consecutive games. So, even though Kevin Love was summoned back from the bench late during the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-95 victory to finish the job in Milwaukee Saturday night, the Bucks porous perimeter defense did allow Love and Kevin Martin to each make four threes and the Wolves to win by 20+ for the second time in as many days.

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders, in just his second game back after missing over 20 with a thumb injury, got the start for injured John Henson. He summed up the game thusly: “We were just kind of deflated. We didn’t get our momentum back,” Sanders said. “We got a little in the first half, lost it for a second, and just never got it back. That’s the story of the game.”

Bucks rookie, Giannis Antetokounmpo, had four steals but just 6 shot attempts in 31 minutes — credit Corey Brewer for his efforts on him defensively, as well as his three steals. Corey’s second consecutive competent offensive game — 12 points on 5-9 shooting.

Brewer and Martin complimented the efficient post presence of Nikola Pekovic, who once again was a beast on the offensive boards, with 6. Pek finished with 19 points on 12 shots to go with 11 rebounds, a block and a steal.

Kevin Love’s all-around brilliance rightfully gets the headlines. 33 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes on 11-17 shooting, including 4-6 from 3 and 7-9 from the line is the norm for Love these days. The fact the schedule is allowing for back-to-back games against not only the Eastern Conference, but the second night on the road against the worst team in the entire league is the definition of easing up.

Minnesota’s own, Nate Wolters played 14 minutes, appears ahead of former Wolf Luke Ridour on the Bucks depth chart, finished with 2 points and 3 assists.

With players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova, Miroslav Raduljica, and Ekpe Udoh the Bucks have one of the most challenging lineups to pronounce in the league.

Tags: Brandon Knight Giannis Antetokounmpo Kevin Love Kevin Martin Larry Sanders Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota Timberwolves Nikola Pekovic Ricky Rubio

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