Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 10th

Bucks 91

(6-5, 3-4 away)

Timberwolves 99

(6-5, 6-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 25, 2005

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 26 18 24 2391
    MIN 28 13 24 3499

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Redd 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Min: W. Szczerbiak 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Szczerbiak scores 30 as T-Wolves bite Bucks

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It took six stitches and a trip to the locker room to calm Kevin Garnett down. It took him just two minutes back on the court to get the Timberwolves up again.

    Garnett had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists -- doing most of his damage after receiving stitches in the chin in the third quarter -- and Minnesota beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-91 Friday night.

    "It relaxed me and I was actually able to think clearly," Garnett said of being stitched up.

    Said coach Dwane Casey: "The good thing is he got a rest and I probably wouldn't have been able to give him a rest."

    Milwaukee went on an 11-0 run midway through the third to take a 64-56 lead. During the stretch, Garnett got hit in the chin by Mo Williams on the defensive end, was bleeding and had to leave the game.

    Milwaukee led 68-65 going into the fourth and 73-70 when Garnett returned with 9:59 left in the game. Minnesota's star immediately went to work, scoring the Wolves' next 10 points to give them an 80-77 lead with 7:22 left.

    "That was a huge lift," Wally Szczerbiak said. "K.G. can do that every fourth quarter."

    "You got to take one for the team," Garnett joked.

    Szczerbiak had a season-high 30 points and Marko Jaric added a season-high 24 for Minnesota, which improved to 6-1 at home. Trenton Hassell scored 12 points and Troy Hudson had 10.

    Michael Redd scored 28 points and Jamaal Magliore had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bucks, who have lost three of four. Williams had 13 points, T.J. Ford had 12 and Bobby Simmons added 11.

    "We had control most of the game. Unfortunately, we didn't have it at the end," Redd said.

    Minnesota extended its lead to 90-80 with 4:22 left after Garnett's run, on Hudson's three-point play and Jaric's 3-pointer. The Bucks could not get closer than five points the rest of the way.

    "The fourth quarter, we didn't do a good job of stopping a play they ran that was pretty effective and we didn't handle very well," coach Terry Stotts said.

    Both teams shot well at the start, with the Bucks making nine of their first 12 shots and Minnesota shooting 8-for-12. Szczerbiak was 6-of-7 in the first quarter and scored 14 points to lead the Wolves to a 28-26 advantage.

    Szczerbiak kept up the momentum, scoring four points in an 11-0 run to start the second as Minnesota took a 39-26 lead. But the Bucks responded with 17 straight points, including 11 from Redd, to take a 41-39 lead. The Wolves were held scoreless for 7:17 and Milwaukee led 42-41 at the break.

    "At halftime Casey came in and jumped our butts," Garnett said.

    "Wally and Marko had super games and we just rode those guys," he added.

    Bucks rookie Andrew Bogut, who broke his nose Wednesday night, said he felt fine before the game and played with a protective mask. He finished with no points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.

    Game notes

    In the second quarter, Garnett came down on Magliore's foot on a jumper and appeared to twist his left ankle. He stayed in the game, but was noticeably in pain for a few minutes. Afterward, he said there was "nothing to the ankle, just six stitches." ... At the end of three quarters, Milwaukee held a 13-2 advantage on the offensive boards. But, in the final quarter Minnesota got four offensive rebounds to the Bucks' one.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 99
    FGM-FGA 36-83 (.434) 37-70 (.529)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 5-11 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 13-16 (.813) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-42 6-35
    Assists 19 25
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 1 10
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 13

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Wally Szczerbiak Szczerbiak
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2