Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his first triple-double of the season as the Milwaukee Bucks improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Minneapolis.
Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Bobby Portis added 18 points, rookie MarJon Beauchamp scored a career-high 14 and Grayson Allen added 10 for Milwaukee, who never trailed after the first two minutes and led as far as 22 points in the third quarter.
Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 24 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Jaylen Nowell had 13 points for Wolves, who lost their third straight and shot 11 of 41 (26.8%) from 3-point range.
Milwaukee remained the only undefeated team in the league after shooting 17 of 38 (44.7%) from beyond the arc.
The Bucks held an 11-point advantage early in the fourth quarter and extended the lead to 108-91 when Antetokounmpo scored with 8:07 left.
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Edwards made one of his three 3-pointers to cut the lead to 108-99 with 5:10 to go, but Wolves wouldn’t come close.
Holiday, who shot 12 of 24, is averaging 33.3 points on 55.9 percent shooting over his last four games.
Milwaukee finished the first quarter with a 34-26 lead after shooting 63.2 percent from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Bucks extended their lead to 14 on the Beauchamp board with 10:21 left in the second quarter.
Minnesota fought back and trailed 61-54 at the break after Jaden McDaniels closed the half with a 3-pointer.
Holiday scored 16 points in the first half to lead all scorers. Milwaukee was 11 of 23 (47.8%) from 3-point range while Minnesota was just 6 of 19 (31.6%).
The Bucks took an 86-64 lead on Holiday’s 3-pointer with 4:17 left in the third quarter, but Minnesota responded with 10 straight points to stay within striking distance.
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