MILWAUKEE, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Saturday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves built a 19-point lead after one quarter and coasted to a 98-82 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks in a battle of unbeaten teams.
Minnesota moved its franchise-record start to 6-0 and remained one of two teams with perfect records along with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Timberwolves also won their sixth straight visit to Milwaukee.
Joe Smith's layup gave the Timberwolves a 9-2 lead just over three minutes into the game. A basket by Glenn Robinson cut the deficit to 14-8 with 6:12 remaining, but it was Milwaukee's final basket of the period.
Smith had a three-point play to trigger a 14-0 spurt that built a 28-8 lead with 21 seconds left. The Bucks finally got a free throw from Sam Cassell to close the quarter but made just one of eight from the line in the quarter.
Milwaukee made four of 16 shots from the field and saw three turnovers lead to seven points for Minnesota. The Bucks were outrebounded, 22-10, and never got within single digits thereafter.
Wally Szczerbiak scored 19 points and Smith finished with 16 for Minnesota, which placed all five starters in double figures. Rasho Nesterovic contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, whose usage of the zone defense has given opponents plenty of trouble in the early season.
Ray Allen scored 16 points and Robinson added 14. Milwaukee (4-1) was five of 17 at the foul line.