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Monday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (18-26) at Minnesota Timberwolves (20-22), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams that completed a blockbuster deal last week meet tonight, as the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves play for the second and final time in the 2005-06 campaign at the Target Center.

The teams made a major trade last Thursday. Minnesota dealt forward Wally Szczerbiak, center Michael Olowokandi, forward/center Dwayne Jones and a future first round draft choice to Boston for guards Ricky Davis, Marcus Banks, center Mark Blount, forward Justin Reed and two conditional second round draft choices.

On January 18th, Paul Pierce headlined a balanced attack with 25 points and eight rebounds to lead Boston to a 103-96 comeback victory over Minnesota at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won three of four and six of the last eight meetings in this series. The Celtics have won five straight and seven of their last 10 at Minnesota.

The Celtics will try and get back on the winning track as they play the finale of a two-game road trip. On Sunday, Michael Redd scored 21 points as the Milwaukee Bucks edged Boston, 83-79, at the Bradley Center.

Szczerbiak scored 20 points to pace Boston in the loss to the Bucks. Pierce scored 18 points, and Al Jefferson posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who have dropped three of their last five games overall.

Boston is a dismal 4-17 on the road this season. The Celtics have dropped four in a row as the visitor.

The Timberwolves return home after going 1-2 on a three-game road trip. On Saturday, Tim Duncan had 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-88 win over Minnesota at the AT&T Center.

Kevin Garnett contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds while Davis netted 20 in his second game with the Timberwolves, who have lost four of their last five games overall. Blount ended with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Minnesota, which has lost two straight at the Target Center, is 13-8 as the host this season.

After tonight's game, the Timberwolves will embark on a four-game road trip. They will visit Detroit, Portland, Golden State and Phoenix on the upcoming swing.

01/30 10:38:15 ET

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