NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Minnesota
(Saturday, January 10th)
Final Score: Minnesota 106, Milwaukee 104
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rodney Carney scored a season-high 22 points off the bench, connecting on four three-pointers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 106-104 comeback win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Al Jefferson collected 20 points and seven rebounds while Sebastian Telfair dished out a game-high 11 assists to go with 17 points, boosting the T'Wolves to a 2-0 mark on their three-game homestand. Minnesota will close out the stand Tuesday against the Miami Heat.
Ryan Gomes added 16 points and Randy Foye scored 10 of his 11 points in the decisive fourth-quarter comeback.
"I don't think I've had that much fun since my rookie year -- this was fun tonight. I can't even express how I feel right now about how we came back and won. This was a tremendous game -- the crowd was great tonight," Foye said.
Michael Redd dropped a game-high 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting and Richard Jefferson scored 29 for Milwaukee, which has established itself as a model of inconsistency -- having now alternated wins and losses over the last 10 games.
Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut returned following a four-game absence due to a back injury and provided 14 points and seven rebounds. Luke Ridnour finished with 12 points, nine boards and six assists in defeat.
The T'Wolves trailed by five to open the final stanza but a jumper and then a three from Foye gave Minnesota a one-point lead a little over three minutes in. The two teams played it close over the middle stages of the frame until the Bucks went up by four on consecutive jump hooks from Bogut.
However, that preceded seven straight T'Wolves points and Foye's three broke a 100-point deadlock with 2 1/2 minutes to play. The teams traded baskets and Jefferson went to the line, hitting both to make it a one-point game, 105-104, with 1 1/2 minutes to go.
Ridnour missed on a pair of jumpers on back-to-back possessions but Telfair hit just 1-of-2 at the line with time for one more Milwaukee possession, down two.
The Bucks got off two shots in a last-second flurry before the horn, as Redd's shot caromed off the rim and a rushed attempt by Luc Mbah a Moute along the left baseline sailed over the cylinder to end the game.
"It was great game -- unfortunately we didn't come out on top," Redd said. "Give Minnesota all the credit -- they played great down the stretch. It hurts because we had the lead for most of the game. They fought back and fed off the crowd -- and did a great job of scrapping back."
The Bucks jumped out to a 28-19 advantage after 12 minutes and held the lead by that same margin, 60-51, heading into the second half.
A Jefferson jump shot pulled the T'Wolves within four, 68-64, with 7:15 left in the third but Milwaukee stretched its lead to 12 after Redd sparked a 9-1 run. Carney followed with a three-pointer, though, one of three in the final 3:46 of the third and Minnesota crept within five, 83-78, going to the fourth.
The Bucks and Timberwolves split a pair of matchups a year ago, but Minnesota has won 14 of the last 19 contests in the series...Milwaukee has lost 10 of 13 trips to the Target Center...The Timberwolves pushed their home record to 6-12...T'Wolves head coach Kevin McHale was ejected after drawing two technical fouls early in the first half...Carney also set season-highs in field goals made (seven), free throws made (four) and three- pointers...Minnesota's Kevin Love hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds...The Bucks kicked off a two-game road trip Saturday and will next play Washington Monday...Milwaukee owns a 7-15 record as the guest this season.
01/10 23:40:06 ET