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        === Bucks aim to stay in playoff chase in clash with Wolves ===
 (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks are only 1 1/2 games out of the seventh
 seed  in  the Eastern Conference  and will try  to improve their lot Wednesday
 night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.
 The  Bucks have  won two of three  and the Boston Celtics have fallen on tough
 times. Getting out of the eighth seed could potentially be huge for Milwaukee.
 The Bucks don't want to see the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs,
 but have played the Heat well this season.
 Milwaukee  owns the tiebreaker  over the Celtics by virtue of their 3-1 win in
 the season series.
 The  Bucks'  most recent victory came  on Monday night when they clobbered the
 Charlotte  Bobcats, 131-102.  The 131  points,  69 first-half  points and  100
 points through three quarters were all season-highs.
 "It's  not very often we win by double digits," said interim coach Jim Boylan.
 "It was nice for us to do that, get some guys out of the game at the end."
 Larry  Sanders was outstanding with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Monta Ellis had
 19  points,  14 assists and  six steals.  Ersan Ilyasova, J.J. Redick, Brandon
 Jennings and Mike Dunleavy also scored in double figures.
 Milwaukee shot 51 percent on 51-for-100 shooting.
 On Monday, the Timberwolves earned their first victory over the Boston Celtics
 since  2007  and since  Minnesota  traded  Kevin  Garnett  to the  C's.  Minny
 prevailed 110-110 thanks in large part to Nikola Pekovic.
 The big man scored a game-high 29 points and he was listed as questionable for
 the game with a sprained ankle.
 Dante Cunningham, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams and J.J. Barea all scored
 in double figures.
 The  Timberwolves won't make the playoffs in a disappointing season ravaged by
 injuries.  All-NBA forward Kevin Love barely made an impact with hand injuries
 and it's still unknown if he will return in the final two weeks of the season.
 "I've gotten to the point where if he plays, great, if not we'll deal with the
 guys  I have here," said head coach Rick Adelman, who is two wins shy of 1,000
 in  his career. "We're  trying to finish the year, and I'm telling the guys to
 stay  with it. Even if we're losing, make a commitment to getting better. As a
 team,  as a  player, and if Kevin is  there, great. But I have no control over
 it. You take each game and try to figure out how to get better as a team."
 The  teams  have split their  last four meetings,  but the Wolves have dropped
 three straight and seven of their last eight matchups in Milwaukee.
 04/03 10:35:50 ET

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