- Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker didn't exactly deliver
the instant-classic game that fellow rookie Zach LaVine
predicted for the first regular-season matchup between the
top two picks from the June draft.
it was Milwaukee's defense that stood out, grinding down
the undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves and putting yet
another mark in the win column for the surprising Bucks.
Sanders had 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to
help the Bucks to a 103-86 victory over the Timberwolves
on Wednesday night.
Knight scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter
for the Bucks (9-7), who have won five of their last seven
games in a spirited start under new coach Jason Kidd.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points, eight rebounds and
four assists, and Parker added 11 points and seven boards
for Milwaukee, which held the Wolves to 38 percent
shooting and turned 19 turnovers into 20 points.
thought defensively, Larry, everyone that was one the
floor was at a very high level," Kidd said.
had 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks
for the Wolves, who had just 10 healthy players and
third-stringer LaVine was their only available point
guard. Corey Brewer added 19 points.
got a lot of guys playing roles their not accustomed to
playing," Wolves coach Flip Saudners said.
Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, loses the ball
to Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker in the first
quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in
future of the league was on display on Wednesday night
with each team starting two 19-year-olds — Wiggins and
LaVine for Minnesota and Parker and Antetokounmpo for
Milwaukee. It's the first time in NBA history that four
teenagers have played in the same game, let alone started.
were on Wiggins and Parker, the top two picks in the
draft. Wiggins was drafted by Cleveland ahead of Parker,
but was traded to Minnesota in the package that brought
All-Star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers. Both players have
impressed early with their willingness to assimilate to
the team concept as opposed trying to dominate the ball
and take the bulk of the shots.
rarely met eye-to-eye on Wednesday but Wiggins did swat
Parker's layup attempt in the third quarter, bringing the
crowd to its feet.
Young made his return to the lineup for the Wolves after
missing the past five games to mourn the death of his
mother. Young missed his first eight shots and finished
with three points on 1-for-10 shooting. Mo Williams, who
has been starting for injured point guard Ricky Rubio,
missed the game with an illness.
6-foot-7 Robbie Hummel forced to play center on the second
unit, the Bucks went hard to the rim in the fourth quarter
to pull away. Sanders and Parker each turned dunks into
three-point plays after getting fouled by the overmatch
Hummel for an 84-78 lead and they never looked back.
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, of Greece, dunks as
Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins watches in
the first quarter of an NBA basketball game
Wednesday in Minneapolis.
we were able to get stops, really put some pressure on
them and force some turnovers," said Knight, who had
three steals. "That's what I was (most) proud
Knight was given a Flagrant-1 for a hard foul on a
breakaway by Gorgui Dieng. ... All five Bucks starters
scored in double figures and they also had 39 bench
The Timberwolves honored Young's mother, Lula Hall, by
wearing pink shoe laces during the game to raise awareness
for breast cancer research. Hall died on Nov. 13 after an
18-month battle with the disease. ... The Wolves started
their seventh different lineup in the last seven games.
considerable debate as to who belonged in that first spot
in the draft, Wiggins or Parker. Both downplayed the
individual portion of the game, but LaVine, who was the
13th pick, knew better.
highly touted they were in high school, even in grade
school coming up. They were both No. 1, No. 2 and just
switching on and off their whole careers," LaVine
said earlier this week. "I feel like it might be like
that even (in the NBA) because they're just going to be
going at each other."
OF THE NIGHT
when asked if he stays in touch with Wiggins during the
season: "It's a long-distance relationship. I don't
believe in those."
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