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Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves

/ 01:02 PM December 29, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 102-96. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally from a 20-point deficit and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-96 on Thursday night.

Bledsoe had six points and made two key assists down the stretch and the Bucks found their missing defense, holding the Timberwolves to a season-low 12 points in the fourth quarter. Minnesota went cold over the last 4:21 and had its five-game winning streak snapped.

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Bledsoe took a pass from Antetokounmpo and made an open 3-pointer from the corner to give the Bucks their first lead of the game at 95-93 with 2:25 to go. Bledsoe followed with a three-point play and then found Antetokounmpo under the basket for an easy two points, pushing the lead to 100-93 with 1:04 left.

Minnesota perhaps wore down a night after a 128-125 overtime victory over Denver and had a four-game road winning streak snapped.

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Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points for Minnesota and Andrew Wiggins added 21.

Towns’ driving layup gave the Timberwolves a 74-54 lead in the third, but the Bucks found their missing chemistry and used a 21-10 run to end the quarter trailing by five points. The Bucks opened the fourth with a 13-4 run and tied it at 88 on a 3 by Khris Middleton with 7:06 to play.

Jimmy Butler, who had a season-high 39 points against the Nuggets, finished with 20 points and seven assists. Tyus Jones made his fourth start of the season at point guard, filling in for the injured Jeff Teague.

Teague missed the game with a sprained left knee. He got caught in a scramble of players in the final seconds against the Nuggets and limped off the court.

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Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica played his third straight game after missing the previous 15 with a sprained foot. He was scoreless. … Minnesota, one of only four Western Conference teams with a winning road record, slipped to 3-8 against the Eastern Conference and 0-4 against the Central Division.

Bucks: The Bucks had six turnovers in the first quarter and four more in the second. . Milwaukee extended its season-best streak of scoring 100-plus points to 17 games.

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Timberwolves: At Indiana on Sunday.

Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Friday.

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