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T-Wolves Hope to Continue Trend Against Bucks
Posted Dec 22 2006 6:23PM
Coming off the lowest-scoring fourth quarter in franchise history, the Minnesota Timberwolves could use a home matchup against a team its hasn't lost to there in nearly a decade.
The Timberwolves go for their eighth straight win at the Target Center over the Milwaukee Bucks when the teams close out their regular-season series on Friday.
Minnesota (10-12) held a 10-point lead over the Los Angeles Lakers heading into the fourth-quarter Wednesday, but were outscored 34-7 in the final 12 minutes en route to a 111-94 loss. The Timberwolves shot 62 percent from the field through the first three quarters, but just 10.5 percent (2 for 19) after that.
``When you walk on the floor, you've got to be ready to produce,'' Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. ``The second unit has done it before. They've pulled us out of a lot of desperate situations. But (Wednesday), for some reason, we just couldn't get it clicking.''
Garnett expressed his frustration with the team's inability to stop the collapse.
``We can't keep depending on our coaches to make decisions,'' said Garnett, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. ``We've got to use our IQs and our basketball knowledge to figure things out and maybe call timeouts and maybe go to a zone.''
The Timberwolves are now trying to avoid a season high-tying four-game losing streak. They haven't dropped a home game to the Bucks (11-14) since March 28, 1999, winning seven straight by an average of 10.3 points per game.
Milwaukee took the first meeting between these teams on Saturday, though, beating Minnesota 108-104. The Bucks' Charlie Bell stole a pass from Garnett in the final minute leading to a three-point play that sealed the game for Milwaukee.
Redd scored 28 and Williams recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
``It's just like having your first child,'' Williams said.
The Bucks' point guard led the team to its highest point total of the season, which was highlighted by a season-high 63.6 percent (14 of 22) shooting from beyond the arc.
``Offensively, we got rolling and made some shots, but I didn't think we let up defensively, which was key,'' said Bucks coach Terry Stotts, whose squad improved to 7-2 when holding an opponent under 100 points
The Bucks will try to continue that success on the road where they are just 4-10 this season, including a season-high four straight losses.
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