Milwaukee 106, Minnesota 97

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 20 (AP) -- Mo Williams had 20 points and 12 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-97 in a preseason game on Saturday night.

Michael Redd added 18 points, Andrew Bogut and rookie forward Yi Jianlian each had 15 and Bobby Simmons 10 in what could be a preview of Milwaukee's starting lineup.

Yi, the sixth overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft, had his best game so far. In 28 minutes, he was 6-of-9 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds in his third start for the Bucks (3-2).

Rookie forward Corey Brewer led Minnesota (2-4) with 27 points, Al Jefferson added 21, and Marko Jaric 14.

Brewer, taken one pick after Yi, made his second start for the Timberwolves. He shot 10-of-15 and had six assists in his best preseason outing.

Brewer's 3-pointer late in the third pulled the Timberwolves to 72-67 and gave him 18 points. He came into the game having scored just 18 points total.

Simmons returned to the starting lineup for Milwaukee after being held out of the two previous games. The 6-foot-6 forward missed the entire 2006-07 season with an injury to his right heel and underwent two surgeries on his right foot last winter. The Bucks are being cautious with his return.

Both coaches used their reserves to start the fourth, but when Craig Smith's free throw pulled the Timberwolves to 89-85 midway through the fourth, Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak reinserted Williams, Bogut and Redd. Moments later, Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman put back in his starters.

The Bucks never let the Timberwolves get closer than 86-84 on Gerald Green's basket with 6:59 to play.

Guards Randy Foye (left knee tendinitis) and Sebastian Telfair (sprained left ankle), and forward Ryan Gomes (sprained left foot) did not play for Minnesota.

It was the 31st annual Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund game.


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