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Associated Press Milwaukee Bucks' guard Beno Udrih, center, fights for the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves' center Darko Milicic, left, and guard Jose Juan Barea during the second half Saturday in Minneapolis.

Wolves topple Bucks in preseason opener

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By Jon Krawczynski

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 15,000 fans headed to Target Center on Saturday night, eager to see a debut that has been two years in the making.

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Ricky Rubio made sure they didn't go home disappointed.

The Spanish import's slick passing wowed the home crowd and Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in their preseason opener Saturday night.

"They love him," Wolves forward Michael Beasley said. "He made the simple bounce passes, and they were in awe."

Rubio had six points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes, eliciting chants of "Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!" in the fourth quarter in homage to his European roots. Beasley scored 21 points and No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams had 14 points for Minnesota in coach Rick Adelman's debut.

"I was a little nervous because it was my first game out there, but with these teammates it's so easy you know because we practice so hard and we know what we have to do, and we did well," Rubio said.

Mike Dunleavy had 16 points and five assists and rookie Jon Leuer had 18 points and five rebounds for the Bucks. Andrew Bogut had nine points and six boards.

The Timberwolves made 15 of 24 3-pointers and looked pretty sharp offensively given that they've only been practicing Adelman's new motion offense for about a week due to the NBA's lockout.

Love, who made the All-Star team last season despite the Wolves having the second-worst record in the NBA, was 4 for 7 from long range and Williams was 3 for 4.

Adelman wanted Rubio to ease into his NBA debut in an effort to keep him comfortable and to manage the high expectations, but it was clear from the start that he was the headliner.

The attendance was the most for a Wolves home preseason game since 2004-05, the year after Kevin Garnett and Co. made the Western Conference finals.

Adelman started the veteran Luke Ridnour at point guard, and it wasn't until the 4:22 mark of the first quarter that Rubio checked in.

Wolves 117, Bucks 96

Milwaukee 24 28 26 18-- 96

Minnesota 26 36 30 25--117

MILWAUKEE -- Dunleavy 6-12 1-2 16, Gooden 1-6 0-0 2, Bogut 3-9 3-6 9, Jennings 3-9 0-0 7, Delfino 4-8 1-1 11, Ilyasova 1-4 0-0 2, Harris 1-4 2-2 4, Livingston 3-6 2-2 8, Udrih 4-13 0-0 9, Brockman 0-1 4-6 4, Leuer 6-11 6-7 18, Mbah a Moute 1-2 0-2 2, Hobson 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 35-89 19-28 96.

MINNESOTA -- Beasley 7-14 6-8 21, Love 8-13 1-2 21, Milicic 1-2 3-4 5, Ridnour 4-6 0-0 9, W.Johnson 1-6 3-4 5, Barea 5-10 2-2 14, Rubio 1-4 4-4 6, Pekovic 1-2 0-0 2, Tolliver 2-4 1-1 7, Wells 0-3 1-2 1, Randolph 0-3 4-4 4, Williams 5-8 1-1 14, Ellington 1-2 2-2 5, Lee 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-78 28-34 117.

3-Point goals--Milwaukee 7-20 (Dunleavy 3-6, Delfino 2-5, Jennings 1-2, Udrih 1-3, Hobson 0-1, Leuer 0-1, Harris 0-1, Ilyasova 0-1), Minnesota 15-24 (Love 4-7, Williams 3-4, Barea 2-3, Tolliver 2-4, Ridnour 1-1, Ellington 1-1, Lee 1-1, Beasley 1-1, Rubio 0-1, W.Johnson 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Milwaukee 51 (Bogut 6), Minnesota 59 (Love 15). Assists--Milwaukee 20 (Dunleavy 5), Minnesota 22 (Rubio 7). Total fouls--Milwaukee 23, Minnesota 26.

Attendance--15,013 (19,356).

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