Milwaukee (6-4) at Minnesota (5-5)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Fri Nov 25, 2005
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look to continue their home success as they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Timberwolves, just 5-5 overall this season, will look to improve to 6-1 at the Target Center.

Minnesota remained one of four teams yet to win on the road this season, squandering an 18-point first-half lead in an 84-80 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.

Kevin Garnett recorded his third straight double-double and his sixth of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Troy Hudson added four 3-pointers and 17 points, and Michael Olowokandi scored 11 for Minnesota, which is 0-4 on the road.

The 80 points and 39 percent field-goal percentage were both season lows for the Timberwolves.

“I just thought we totally went away from what we wanted to do in the second half, offensively and defensively,” Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said. “Any time you hold a team to 36 percent (shooting), 13 percent from the 3, you’ve got to win the basketball game.”

One area of concern for Casey is the poor play of point guard Marko Jaric, who finished with no field goals, two points, two assists and four turnovers Wednesday.

Casey said he didn’t know whether he might consider bringing Jaric off the bench from now on. Three of Jaric’s four turnovers Wednesday came in his limited time during the third quarter.

“We’ll have to see what caused those turnovers in the second half,” Casey said. “It wasn’t just one guy, one player, that caused that avalanche in the second half.”

Milwaukee will try to record consecutive wins for the first time since opening the season 3-0.

Michael Redd scored 32 points and Joe Smith had 18 and 13 rebounds as the Bucks overcame Allen Iverson’s NBA season-high 45 points in a 108-97 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“When we take the floor we have to play together,” said Smith, who played four seasons with the Timberwolves. “We were unselfish on both ends of the floor and helped each other on defense.”

The home win was a big boost for Milwaukee after it returned from a 1-3 West Coast trip during which it averaged just 84.3 points per game.

Rookie center Andrew Bogut had successful surgery on his broken nose Thursday. The top overall pick in the draft was injured Wednesday when Iverson’s hand hit him in the face. Bogut will be required to wear a protective mask for at least six weeks, but hopes to play Friday.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 24): Bucks - 4th place, 3 GB, Central Division. Timberwolves - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bucks - F Smith, F Bobby Simmons, C Jamaal Magloire, G Redd, G T.J. Ford. Timberwolves - F Garnett, F Wally Szczerbiak, C Olowokandi, G Jaric, G Trenton Hassell.

TEAM LEADERS: Bucks - Redd, 25.3 ppg; Magloire, 9.6 rpg; Ford, 8.8 apg. Timberwolves - Garnett, 21.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 5.8 apg.

2004-05 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 4, 2005; Timberwolves, 103-97. At Minneapolis, Garnett had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Szczerbiak added 28 points and nine boards to lead the Timberwolves.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bucks - 3-3 on the road; Timberwolves - 5-1 at home.

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