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Bucks' 2nd Half Gores T-wolves

Glenn Robinson scored 29 points and Terrell Brandon had 22 points and 12 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks erased a 17-point deficit with strong second-half shooting Sunday to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-110.

Ray Allen added 17 points for the Bucks, who extended their winning streak to five games, their longest since they won eight straight in 1990-91.

The Bucks shot 26-for-37 (.702) from the field in the second half, in which they outscored Minnesota 71-50.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Wolves, who played without starters Tom Gugliotta and Chris Carr. Terry Porter had 22 points off the bench for Minnesota, which saw its team-record five-game home winning streak end.

The lead changed hands 10 times in a five-minute span of the fourth quarter before a three-point play by Robinson gave the Bucks a 104-100 lead with 2:33 to play.

Minnesota's best chance cam with 1:11 to play, when Armon Gilliam was called for a flagrant foul on Stephon Marbury with the Bucks leading 108-104. But Marbury missed one of the free throws, then missed a 3-pointer, allowing the Bucks to keep control of the game.

Brandon sat on the bench the final 48 seconds after getting hit on the head.

Minnesota led by as many as 17 points in the final minute of the first half, but the Bucks erased that deficit in the first nine minutes of the third quarter.

Brandon scored four points in an 8-0 run to get the Bucks within 65-64. Ricky Pierce came off the bench and scored nine straight points, capped by a three-point play, to put Milwaukee in front 74-73 with 3:21 left in the quarter. The Bucks went into the fourth period leading 82-81.

Porter had a perfect first half off the bench for the Wolves, making all five of his field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, while getting 14 points and four assists.

Notes: At 23-22, Milwaukee climbed above the .500 mark for the first time since it was 11-10 on Dec. 11. ... Minnesota has already won 11 road games this season (11-10), a total that ranks second in franchise history. ... Doug West returned to his former role as the Wolves starting point guard because of an ankle injury that landed Carr on the injured list. ... Minnesota's 10 wins in January (10-4) were the most in a single month in team history.

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