The Wolves outscored the Bucks 33-18 in the third quarter after
leading just 43-41 at halftime in the final exhibition game for
both teams. For James, that made for a good way to end preseason
"The preseason has a purpose and that's to get into the rhythm
you need for the regular season," he said. "We did that then.
That third quarter was how we want to play the regular season."
Kevin Garnett scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first
3:27 of the second half. James, who played for the Toronto Raptors
last season, added 10 points in the third quarter.
"The difference for me this year is that I'm the point guard
and leader, so I'm not always looking for my shot," James said.
Ricky Davis added 16 points and Craig Smith 13 for Minnesota
(5-3). Milwaukee used a makeshift lineup as four players were
injured and two others, including leading scorer Michael Redd, were
held out by Coach Terry Stotts.
"Our situation allowed our young guys to play more than they
had in any other game," Stotts said. "I thought we played well
defensively in the first half, but then Kevin Garnett set the tone
early in the third quarter and they pulled away."
Milwaukee (3-5), was paced by Damir Markota with 17 points,
followed by Ersan Ilyasova with 12 and Lynn Greer and Chris McCray
with 10 each.
"When you look out on the court and don't see Michael Redd and
some of their other players, it's tough mentally," Minnesota Coach
Dwane Casey said. "But in the third quarter, we finally moved the
ball and moved our bodies. We wanted to give Kevin some minutes and
then get him out of there to save him for the main thing that
starts next week."
Both teams open the regular season Wednesday -- the Bucks at the
Detroit Pistons and the Timberwolves at home against the Sacramento