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D’Angelo Russell leads Timberwolves past Bucks

/ 03:36 PM October 28, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns #32 and D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Houston Rockets at Target Center on October 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Karl-Anthony Towns #32 and D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Houston Rockets at Target Center on October 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harrison Barden/Getty Images/AFP

D’Angelo Russell scored a team-high 29 points and had six assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 113-108 win over the host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards finished with 25 points apiece for Minnesota, which won its first road game of the season. Jarred Vanderbilt posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee. Khris Middleton added 16 points and Grayson Allen 13.

Patrick Beverley made a difference off the bench for Minnesota as he finished with six points, six rebounds and seven assists in 21 minutes.

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Minnesota led 94-79 entering the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves led by six with 8:04 left in the third quarter and increased their lead with a 21-12 run to end the period.

Russell helped Minnesota maintain a double-digit advantage late into the fourth quarter. He turned to his left hand for a driving layup that put the Timberwolves on top 108-97 with 2:59 remaining.

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The Bucks quickly responded with a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 108-106. Antetokounmpo started the run with a slam dunk, and George Hill followed with a 3-pointer as Milwaukee chipped away at the lead.

Minnesota held firm in the final minute. Edwards made a driving layup on one possession and hit a pair of free throws on another as the Timberwolves maintained a narrow lead the rest of the way.

The Timberwolves led 66-58 at the half.

Minnesota led by as many as 15 points during the first quarter. Towns buried a 3-pointer off an assist from Beverley to put the Timberwolves on top 39-24 with 2:03 to go in the opening period.

The trend continued to start the second quarter, as Minnesota increased its advantage to 54-34 with 9:47 remaining. A 3-pointer by Beverley gave the Timberwolves their 20-point lead.

The Bucks responded with a 16-2 run to slice the deficit to 56-50 with 6:12 left in the half. Jordan Nwora capped the outburst with a 3-pointer that was assisted by Antetokounmpo.

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