Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/11

Game 1: Wednesday, October 11th
Game 2: Friday, October 27th

Timberwolves 101

(5-3, 3-1 away)

Bucks 76

(3-5, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 27, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 26 17 33 25101
    MIL 21 20 18 1776


    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Rookie point guard Mike James scored 15 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves broke away in the second half for a 101-67 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    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 play.

    "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 Kings.

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