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