Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/1

Game 1: Tuesday, February 1st
Game 2: Friday, March 4th

Bucks 97

(23-33, 7-21 away)

Timberwolves 103

(29-30, 17-14 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 4, 2005

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 30 25 25 1797
    MIN 19 31 23 30103

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Williams 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Min: K. Garnett 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wally, KG spark Minny resurgence

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wally Szczerbiak has found a running partner in Anthony Carter.

    Szczerbiak scored 28 points, and Carter had a season-high 13 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves overcome a double-digit deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-97 on Friday night.

    "I've been longing to play with a point guard like Anthony Carter my whole career," said Szczerbiak, who also had nine rebounds. "He gets it up the floor real quick.

    "It's something special when you have lines of communication without having to communicate."

    Kevin Garnett had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who trailed by as many as 16 points and were behind 85-75 with 10:21 left.

    But it was the bench players -- Szczerbiak, Carter and Fred Hoiberg (11 points) -- who keyed the comeback.

    "They saved the game," Garnett said after the reserves scored 53 points. "They came in with energy, started to run and motivated the first group."

    "Attacking is a mind-set," said Kevin McHale, who improved to 4-4 as the Timberwolves' head coach. "The second team came in an really turned the tide."

    Michael Redd had 24 points and seven rebounds for Milwaukee, which fell to 6-15 against the Western Conference. Dan Gadzuric had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Mo Williams had 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

    Trailing 80-73, the Timberwolves opened the fourth quarter with a 13-5 run to take their first lead since the second quarter, 86-85 with 6:06 left. Garnett scored five points off of drives to the basket.

    "Both teams made runs tonight," Bucks head coach Terry Porter said. "Problem is, at the end, they were getting easy buckets on breaks."

    The Bucks tied it at 86 and then again at 90 before Hoiberg hit a 3-pointer and Garnett had a dunk to make it 95-90 with 2:46 left. The Bucks could not get closer than four points the rest of the way.

    "At the end it boiled down to who made the stops and we didn't," Joe Smith said. "Carter was big for them off the bench with all those assists."

    "Easy layups and dunks let them back in," Porter added.

    The Bucks used a 19-4 run at the start of the third quarter to take their biggest lead 74-58 with 4:57 left. Redd had six points during the run and Smith added five.

    The Wolves responded with 11 straight points, five from Szczerbiak, and they trailed 80-73 going into the fourth.

    Minnesota was again without injured starters Sam Cassell (right hamstring) and Michael Olowokandi (right knee), and McHale said neither is likely to return soon.

    Game notes

    McHale was asked before the game if he regretted his decision to fire Flip Saunders and take over as coach. After thinking a few seconds he responded, "Yes and no. I regret making the decision, period," he said. "I just felt that the effort had to change and if I had put someone else in charge and it hadn't changed I'd have been sick to my stomach." McHale also admitted he is sleeping far less since taking over as coach and it is taking a toll on him physically. ... The Bucks only used three players off the bench. Toni Kukoc, Erick Strickland and Zaza Pachulia combined for six points and 46 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 103
    FGM-FGA 39-80 (.488) 42-85 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-40 9-37
    Assists 20 29
    Turnovers 12 7
    Steals 3 6
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 15 25
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 6

    Top Performers

    Mo Williams Williams
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 25
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1