Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/12

Game 1: Wednesday, October 12th
Game 2: Saturday, October 22nd

Bucks 92

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Timberwolves 89

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 12, 2005

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 19 21 22 3092
    MIN 24 24 18 2389

    Rookie Bogut gets feet wet; KG (knee) sits out

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After stressing defense throughout training camp, Timberwolves head coach Dwane Casey had little to say about rookie Rashad McCants' 18-point offensive outburst in the first preseason game.

    "Rashad McCants has a lot to learn defensively even though he had 18 points," Casey said after the Milwaukee Bucks beat Minnesota 92-89 on Wednesday in the preseason opener for both teams.

    "Offensively he knows how to put numbers up, but defensively he gave up some easy ones," Casey said. "But, that's what exhibition is for."

    McCants, the Wolves first round draft choice, agreed with his coach.

    "That's my first game and I got a lot to learn," McCants said. "I think that's the whole thing about being a rookie, you have to learn your way."

    First overall pick Andrew Bogut had nine points and nine rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks scored 40 points in the paint en route to the win.

    Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett sat out the game with a sore right knee and the Timberwolves lost Wally Szczerbiak in the third quarter when he sprained his right foot. After the game, Szczerbiak was wearing a boot on his injured foot and said he will have X-rays taken on Thursday.

    "It's throbbing pretty good right now," said Szczerbiak, who has had problems with his other foot in the past. "But, I think as long as there's no break, it's no problem."

    Szczerbiak had all 11 of his points in the first half as the Timberwolves built a 48-40 lead.

    Eddie Griffin had 12, and Michael Olowokandi and Trenton Hassell each added 10.

    Desmond Mason led the Bucks with 15 points and Michael Redd, who re-signed with Milwaukee in the offseason, scored 13. Bobby Simmons and Charlie Bell also had 13 points for the Bucks.

    The Wolves led 48-40 at halftime and 66-62 after three, but were outscored 30-23 in the final quarter.

    "I thought that was a typical exhibition game," Casey said. "I saw a lot of good things in the first half and I thought our young guys played like young guys during that stretch run in the second half."

    Minnesota guard Marko Jaric, who sprained his right ankle in practice on Tuesday, also sat out along with point guard Anthony Carter (flu).

    Bucks point guard T.J. Ford, who missed the last 1½ seasons with a spinal injury, didn't make the trip to Minnesota because of a sprained left index finger.

    Bucks forward Joe Smith also didn't suit up with pain in his left knee.

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