MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists – doing most of his damage after receiving six stitches in the chin in the third quarter – and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-91.

Wally Szczerbiak had a season-high 30 points and Marko Jaric added a season-high 24 for Minnesota, which improved to 6-1 at home. Trenton Hassell scored 12 points and Troy Hudson had 10.

Michael Redd scored 28 points and Jamaal Magliore had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bucks, who have lost three of four. Mo Williams had 13 points, T.J. Ford had 12 and Bobby Simmons added 11.

Milwaukee went on an 11-0 run midway through the quarter to take a 64-56 lead. During the stretch, Garnett got hit in the chin on the defensive end, was bleeding and had to go back to the locker room for stitches.

Milwaukee led 68-65 going into the fourth and 73-70 when Garnett returned with 9:59 left in the game. Minnesota’s star immediately went to work, scoring the Wolves’ next eight points to give them an 80-77 lead with 7:22 left.

Minnesota extended its lead to 90-80 with 4:22 left after Hudson’s three-point play and Jaric’s 3-pointer. The Bucks could not get closer than five points the rest of the way.

Both teams shot well at the start, with the Bucks making nine of their first 12 shots and Minnesota shooting 8-for-12. Szczerbiak was 6-of-7 in the first quarter and scored 14 points to lead the Wolves to a 28-26 advantage.

Szczerbiak kept up the momentum, scoring four points in an 11-0 run to start the second as Minnesota took a 39-26 lead. But the Bucks responded with 17 straight points, including 11 from Redd, to take a 41-39 lead. The Wolves were held scoreless for 7:17 and Milwaukee led 42-41 at the break.

Bucks rookie Andrew Bogut, who broke his nose Wednesday night, said he felt fine before the game and played with a protective mask. He finished with no points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.

Notes: Bucks coach Terry Stotts turned 48 on Friday. … Joe Smith scored his 9,000th career point with 9:16 left in the game. He finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. … In the second quarter, Garnett came down on Magliore’s foot on a jumper and appeared to twist his left ankle. He stayed in the game, but was noticeably in pain for a few minutes. … Minnesota had its lowest-scoring quarter of the season with 13 points in the second.

AP-ES-11-25-05 2232EST

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