Szczerbiak Powers Wolves Past Bucks
Minnesota 99, Milwaukee 91
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 25 (Ticker) --Minnesota Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey has to find a better way to rest superstar Kevin Garnett.
Garnett returned from a gash on his chin to score 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves rallied for a 99-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"It was probably a good thing he got cut, because he got a rest," Casey said. "I probably wouldn't have been able to rest him otherwise. It really helped to have him fresh, rested."
Garnett also came up with huge block on Michael Redd's layup that led to a transition 3-pointer by Marko Jaric with 4:23 left, pushing the lead to 90-80.
"That's what superstars do," said Minnesota guard Troy Hudson, who scored 10 points. "That's what the greatest player in the game does. (Garnett) put us on his back there down the stretch, and when they started doubling him, then Wally Szczerbiak and Marko hit some big shots."
Led by Garnett, the Timberwolves outscored the Bucks, 34-23, in the fourth quarter. The 7-foot forward added 12 rebounds and six assists.
"It wasn't all Garnett tonight," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "It was a lot of different guys. Marko had a great game. But you have to anticipate that he will come back from his injury and play well. We did a poor job containing him late."
Szczerbiak scored 18 of his 30 points in the first half and Jaric scored 24 points for the Timberwolves, who have won their last seven home meetings with the Bucks.
"I'm really happy for Wally," Garnett said. "He played a great game. Given his performance of late, this game was totally overdue. I'm happy for him. Marko had a great game too and we just rode those guys."
Redd scored 28 points and Jamaal Magloire had 14 and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which fell to 1-4 against Western Conference opponents. Joe Smith grabbed 13 rebounds.