The Wolves of 2002-03 weren’t quite as good at they would be a year later, but they still proved too much of a challenge for the Milwaukee Bucks back then. Mostly because Kevin Garnett played like a man possessed, although that was hardly unusual for him.
KG dropped a ridiculous 28 points, 24 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block on Milwaukee. Cassell, who was still a Buck at the time, ended up outscoring him. It didn’t matter though–Garnett’s all-around impact buoyed the Wolves to victory at home.
Ray Allen had 27 points and Michael Redd dropped 12 from the bench, but the Bucks couldn’t hold a lead they had after three quarters. Garnett was just too good back then.
These teams had a lot in common, even before Cassell moved west to Minnesota. Both the Bucks and Wolves would go on to lose their first round series in six games that year. Milwaukee fell to the New Jersey Nets, while Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.