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Butler scores 28 as Timberwolves beat Bucks 108-89

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Home sweet home for the Minnesota Timberwolves - again.

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-best 46th double-double, and the Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-89 on Thursday night.

''That's a lot on us for being disciplined and having that resiliency as a team, and having that pride, especially here at home,'' Towns said. ''We've done a great job all year of making sure we stop the bleeding early. Now we just have to focus on making sure we don't win one, lose two, win one. That's not a good recipe.''

Jeff Teague added nine points and eight assists for Minnesota, which was coming off consecutive losses at Atlanta and Toronto. The Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven road games and have returned home with back-to-back losses from their last three road trips.

Each time, Minnesota has responded at home with a victory, winning by an average of 14.25 points. The Timberwolves' 21-6 home record represents the second-most home wins in the NBA behind San Antonio's 22.

''We want to make it hard to play here, hard to win here,'' Butler said. ''I think we've been doing a great job of that as of late. It's one win. We've got another one coming up on Saturday and we need that one too.''

Khris Middleton scored 21 points for Milwaukee, which had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and 15 rebounds, but the Bucks shot 37.6 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers.

''They just didn't let up,'' Middleton said. ''They got a lot of easy shots, a lot of easy baskets; offensive rebounding. They're a physical team, and they just worked us. They made us grind it out, and they were real physical with us all night.''

In the first meeting between the two teams, Milwaukee erased a 20-point deficit in the third quarter for a 102-96 home win.

''When you're down it's not only scoring but you've got to get the stops and run,'' Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. ''That's the whole thing, we let them shoot a high percentage tonight. They had about 50 points in the paint.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: PG Eric Bledsoe was held out with a sore left ankle after he got hurt in the team's previous game. ... Xavier Munford was active and played his second game of the season with the team short at guard.

Timberwolves: The 39 points allowed in the first half was the second-lowest Minnesota has given up in the first half this season. .. Jamal Crawford converted the 54th four-point play of his career in the second quarter, extending his NBA record in the category. ... After being outscored in the paint by 30 points in the loss at Milwaukee, the Wolves held a 50-42 advantage in the paint on Thursday.

HURTING BUCKS

Malcolm Brogdon, who started in place of Bledsoe, left in the second quarter with a left quad tendon strain. Brogdon went down after a dunk and had to be helped off the floor. Prunty didn't have an update on Brogdon after the game.

Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he twisted his left ankle in the fourth quarter and was having trouble putting weight on it, but he didn't address the injury with a small group of reporters after the game.

BELICHICK SPOTTED

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was in attendance, taking a bit of leisure time as he prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl across town against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Belichick and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau are friends dating to Thibodeau's time as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Thibodeau, who grew up in Connecticut, is a Patriots fan.

''He's maybe the greatest coach of all-time,'' Thibodeau said. ''I've watched him up close. I've seen him in meetings. I've seen him on the field. I've watched their teams a long time. I'm thrilled for him because I know how much he puts into it. Just as important to me is I'm a New Englander, so that's my team. I watch every game.''

Super Bowl events have brought many athletes and celebrities to town. Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, Rapper Gucci Mane and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmrud were also spotted. Rapper Lil Jon performed at halftime.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host the New York Knicks on Friday.

Timberwolves: Host New Orleans on Saturday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
K. Towns
32 C
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
12.1 Reb. Per Game 12.1
54.6 Field Goal % 54.3
54.7 Three Point % 53.9
76.5 Free Throw % 84.3
  Lost ball turnover on , stolen by Aaron Brooks 0:06
+ 3 Nemanja Bjelica made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Brooks 0:18
+ 1 made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:33
  missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:33
  Team rebound 0:33
  Shooting foul on Cole Aldrich 0:33
  Out of bounds turnover on Aaron Brooks 0:39
  Lost ball turnover on Marshall Plumlee, stolen by Nemanja Bjelica 0:49
  Offensive rebound by Rashad Vaughn 0:56
  Marshall Plumlee missed layup, blocked by Cole Aldrich 1:02
+ 1 Aaron Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
Team Stats
Points 89 108
Field Goals 32-85 (37.6%) 42-78 (53.8%)
3-Pointers 6-29 (20.7%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 19-25 (76.0%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 45
Offensive 15 4
Defensive 28 35
Team 10 6
Assists 19 27
Steals 6 8
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 21 15
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 15 REB, 6 AST
28 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Bucks 27-23 1722222889
home team logo Timberwolves 33-22 23371929108
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 27-23 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 33-22 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
Key Players
K. Middleton SF 12.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 3.8 APG 45.0 FG%
J. Butler SG 15.8 PPG 6.0 RPG 4.0 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Middleton SF 21 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
J. Butler SG 28 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
37.6 FG% 53.8
20.7 3PT FG% 36.8
76.0 FT% 85.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 35 21 6 4 4 0 5 3 7/20 2/7 5/5 2 4 34 -14
G. Antetokounmpo 35 17 15 6 0 0 5 2 6/14 0/1 5/9 2 13 39 -5
J. Henson 31 14 8 2 0 0 0 3 5/9 0/0 4/4 7 1 26 -8
M. Brogdon 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -2
T. Snell 28 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/9 0/6 0/0 0 3 7 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Middleton 35 21 6 4 4 0 5 3 7/20 2/7 5/5 2 4 34 -14
G. Antetokounmpo 35 17 15 6 0 0 5 2 6/14 0/1 5/9 2 13 39 -5
J. Henson 31 14 8 2 0 0 0 3 5/9 0/0 4/4 7 1 26 -8
M. Brogdon 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -2
T. Snell 28 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/9 0/6 0/0 0 3 7 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Kilpatrick 18 10 1 1 0 1 0 1 4/8 1/4 1/1 0 1 14 -12
S. Brown 23 7 3 0 1 0 1 1 3/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 10 -20
D. Wilson 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 0 6 +2
T. Maker 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 1/7 1/4 1/2 1 1 6 -13
M. Plumlee 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 1 2 -2
M. Dellavedova 25 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -13
R. Vaughn 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 +2
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Bledsoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 226 89 43 19 6 1 15 21 32/85 6/29 19/25 15 28 160 -94
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 39 28 4 6 1 0 3 1 8/15 2/5 10/11 0 4 42 +18
K. Towns 32 24 11 3 0 0 2 5 10/13 1/2 3/3 3 8 39 +21
T. Gibson 33 9 6 0 0 2 0 1 4/7 0/0 1/1 0 6 17 +11
J. Teague 28 9 1 8 1 1 3 0 4/7 1/2 0/0 0 1 25 +18
A. Wiggins 30 7 6 0 3 1 2 1 3/10 0/2 1/2 0 6 15 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 39 28 4 6 1 0 3 1 8/15 2/5 10/11 0 4 42 +18
K. Towns 32 24 11 3 0 0 2 5 10/13 1/2 3/3 3 8 39 +21
T. Gibson 33 9 6 0 0 2 0 1 4/7 0/0 1/1 0 6 17 +11
J. Teague 28 9 1 8 1 1 3 0 4/7 1/2 0/0 0 1 25 +18
A. Wiggins 30 7 6 0 3 1 2 1 3/10 0/2 1/2 0 6 15 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Bjelica 14 8 4 2 1 1 0 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 4 18 +16
J. Crawford 17 8 2 2 0 0 1 0 3/5 1/3 1/1 0 2 13 +18
G. Dieng 13 8 1 1 0 1 0 2 4/9 0/1 0/0 0 1 12 -5
T. Jones 17 4 3 4 1 0 0 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 3 16 +6
S. Muhammad 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
A. Brooks 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 2 -5
C. Aldrich 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 2 -5
M. Georges-Hunt 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 39 27 8 7 13 15 42/78 7/19 17/20 4 35 203 +95