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Timberwolves look to keep playoff run going against Bucks tonight

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves can keep their slim NBA playoff hopes alive tonight with a home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.  

The Wolves are 31-31, five games back for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot with 20 to play.  Minnesota is coming off a seven-point loss to Toronto on Sunday.  Wolves' center Kevin Love fell just short of a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.  The Bucks ended a three-game losing streak with a seven-point home win over Orlando last night.  

It's been almost a year since Milwaukee has won back-to-back games.  They'll try it again tonight for the 13th time this season.  Minnesota has become a real nemesis for the Bucks, as the Timberwolves have outscored Milwaukee by an average of 14 points in each of their last three match-ups -- all T-Wolves' victories.  Also, the Bucks will try again to win their third game against Western Conference opponents.  They're 2-22 in that department, with victories over the LA Lakers and Utah.