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Timberwolves All-Star break loss: 112-107 defeat to Bucks

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch worried about team's focus in last game before All-Star break. Team lost to Bucks 112-107.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch was asked about his concerns before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He joked that he was worried about both a lack of focus in the final game before the All-Star break and potential rustiness in the first game after. Unfortunately, his fears were realized as the Wolves had a disastrous third quarter and lost to the Bucks 112-107.

The Wolves fell behind by 17 after losing the third quarter 36-13. They rallied in the fourth quarter, cutting Milwaukee's lead to 98-92 and then 105-101, but ultimately couldn't overcome the Bucks. The third quarter proved to be their downfall. They had excelled in the third quarter throughout the season but lost it by 23 points in this game, with their offense struggling and committing multiple turnovers.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 22 points, but Giannis Antetokounmpo's 33 points and strong finish kept the Wolves from making a complete comeback. Anthony Edwards had a rough game, scoring 28 points but struggling with his field goal percentage. The Wolves also started the game poorly, allowing the Bucks to take an early lead.

Despite early struggles, the Wolves held their own in the first half, with strong contributions from Nickeil Alexander-Walker off the bench and impressive rebounding from Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns. However, the third quarter saw them lose their lead as Milwaukee went on a significant run, ultimately securing the win.

Overall, the game was a tough loss for the Wolves, highlighting the importance of maintaining focus and avoiding rustiness in key moments.

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