Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Thursday, November 7th
Game 2: Monday, February 24th

Bucks 110

(2-3, 1-2 away)

    7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2002

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 29 25 31 25110
    MIN 29 27 27 31114

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: S. Cassell 32 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 28 Pts, 24 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Garnett collects 28 points, 24 rebounds

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Getting Wally Szczerbiak back in the lineup made it that much easier for Kevin Garnett.

    Kevin Garnett

    Garnett scored 28 points and tied a career high and franchise record with 24 rebounds, and Szczerbiak returned from a foot injury with 19 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 Thursday night.

    Garnett went 20-20 in points and rebounds for the ninth time in his career as the Wolves extended their winning streak against the Bucks to seven games.

    "I wish I could say the ball came to me,'' Garnett said. "But I had to get after it. I just tried to be aggressive.''

    Garnett scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds during a seesaw fourth quarter that featured nine lead changes and four ties.

    His biggest rebound came in the final seconds, an offensive board with the Wolves leading 112-110. Garnett tipped the ball over to Troy Hudson, who clinched the game by hitting two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining.

    "KG played like a superstar tonight,'' Szczerbiak said. "I couldn't even think 'rebound' and he was grabbing everything in sight.''

    Minnesota also benefited from Szczerbiak's return. He shot 6-for-13 in 35 minutes in his first action since injuring his left foot Oct. 8 in an exhibition game against the Bucks.

    "Adrenaline carried me,'' Szczerbiak said.

    The Wolves needed everything Garnett and Szczerbiak could provide to overcome the Bucks' hot-shooting guards. Milwaukee's Sam Cassell scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half and Ray Allen added 18 of his 27 in the third quarter.

    The Bucks led 85-83 entering the fourth, but Szczerbiak hit a 3-pointer with 8:18 remaining to give Minnesota its first lead of the quarter, 93-92. The teams traded the lead eight more times before Garnett hit two free throws with 3:09 remaining to put Minnesota up 101-100.

    The Wolves forced a turnover on the ensuing possession, then Kendall Gill hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:38 remaining to make it 104-100.

    "We had the game under control until we left Gill open in the corner,'' Allen said.

    Minnesota extended the lead to six points on Hudson's jumper, but Allen cut it to 111-110 with a layup. Gill made one of two free throws, with Garnett getting the rebound on his miss.

    "He's got length, intensity, desire and good hands -- all qualities that make you a great rebounder,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said of Garnett. "It's like he's got a mission not to let them lose a home game right now.''

    The Wolves improved to 4-0 at Target Center. They are 0-2 on the road.

    Milwaukee's Toni Kukoc was ejected with 5:54 remaining in the second quarter after picking up two quick technical fouls.

    Kukoc was assessed a personal foul while fighting for a rebound with the Wolves' Kevin Garnett. Kukoc complained to referee Jason Phillips and was assessed a technical. When Phillips turned away, Kukoc kicked the basketball in his direction.

    Phillips did not see the kick, but fellow referee Derek Richardson did, and immediately tossed Kukoc.

    Szczerbiak played 15 minutes in the first half and scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting as the Wolves led 56-54 at the break.

    Game notes

    Garnett also had 24 rebounds on Dec. 14, 2001 against Sacramento. ... Minnesota's Rod Strickland's first-quarter assist gave him 7,500 for his career. ... Milwaukee assistant coach Sam Mitchell played for the Wolves from 1995 to 2002. ... Garnett has recorded a double-double in all six of the Wolves' games. ... Minnesota was the first non-Atlantic Division team the Bucks have played this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 114
    FGM-FGA 46-91 (.505) 44-87 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 5-12 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 21-28 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 9-43
    Assists 21 31
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 6 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 16 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 32
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 28
    Reb: 24
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1