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MINNEAPOLIS — Down two games to none in an unfavorable first round series against the lethal, unrelenting high-speed Houston Rockets, the Timberwolves returned home to a city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game since 2003-04. The building was booming from the jump with chants of “Let’s go Wolves!” and “DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE” setting an energetic tone.

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Thon Maker moved heaven and earth in this game, blocking every Boston Celtic shot from the heavens as the Milwaukee Bucks dominated them at home, 116-92. Milwaukee’s first quarter was fueled by the obvious culprit, Maker, whose four blocks energized the crowd as the Bucks took a 27-12 lead. The battering continued in the second quarter, with the Bucks putting it on the Celtics and grabbing a 58-35 advantage heading into halftime. Boston finally got some offensive flow in the third quarter, but the Bucks staved them off to maintain an 85-67 lead as the fourth started. By the time the fourth ended, it was a scrub match with Milwaukee comfortably ahead.

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