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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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