Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Saturday, November 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 2nd

Bucks 77

(18-11, 8-9 away)

    7:00 PM ET, January 2, 2002

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 23 23 17 1477
    MIN 19 28 31 1795

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 22 Pts, 19 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Wolves finally shake shorthanded Bucks

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 19 rebounds and Anthony Peeler added 18 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks 95-77 Wednesday night.

    Both teams' rosters were depleted by injuries. The Bucks' top three scorers -- Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell -- all missed the game, as did Joe Smith and Terrell Brandon of the Timberwolves.

    Garnett scored 13 of his points in the third quarter as the Wolves broke away after holding a one-point halftime lead. Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak combined to outscore the Bucks 13-6 during one four-minute stretch to push the lead to 10 points, and Minnesota led by as many as 16 points in the quarter.

    Peeler opened the fourth quarter with his fourth 3-pointer as the Wolves built their lead as high as 24 points.

    Milwaukee shot just 34 percent for the game.

    The Bucks got a scare in the game's opening minute when Tim Thomas, starting in Robinson's place, hit a short jump shot and came down awkwardly on his right ankle. Thomas limped off the court but returned to score 20 points.

    Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 22 points.

    Robinson, Allen and Cassell have combined to average nearly 63 points a game this season. It was the first time the Bucks were without all three players in the same game since they were united following a trade for Cassell on March 11, 1999.

    Despite their absence, the Bucks led by as many as seven points in the first half and by four after the first quarter.

    Peeler scored 15 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, as the Wolves took a 47-46 halftime lead.

    Game notes
    The Wolves have swept the season series each of the past three years. They won the team's only other meeting this season, 98-82 on Nov. 10 in Milwaukee. ... The Bucks are a respectable 8-9 on the road despite losses to the league's three worst teams -- Chicago, Miami and Houston. ... Garnett recorded his 321st consecutive double-figure game, the eighth-longest streak in NBA history. ... Chauncey Billups has averaged nearly 17 points as a starter in Brandon's absence, and Minnesota has gone 5-3 during that span.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 95
    FGM-FGA 28-80 (.350) 36-87 (.414)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 16-29 (.552) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-49 15-54
    Assists 14 23
    Turnovers 9 9
    Steals 3 2
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 4 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 22 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 22
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2