Sat. Final: T-Wolves 106, Bucks 104
Next game: Monday, January 12 at Washington
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Randy Foye scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from 13 points down in the second half for a thrilling 106-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Rodney Carney scored 22 points, and Sebastian Telfair added 17 points and 11 assists for the Wolves, who have won five in a row for the first time since December 2005.
Michael Redd scored 32 points for Milwaukee, but missed a chance to tie it in the final 9 seconds. Richard Jefferson added 29 points for the Bucks, who led by 13 points with less than 3 minutes to play in the third quarter before Carney got going.
Carney scored 11 points in the final 3:47 of the period to cut the deficit to five points heading into the fourth.
That's where Foye took over. He led the team in scoring in three straight games, but was 0-for-4 with one point when he entered the game with 9:48 to play and the Wolves down 85-84.
Undaunted, he scored on a twisting drive and then hit a 3-pointer in Luke Ridnour's face to give the Wolves an 89-88 lead with 8:42 to play and set up a back-and-forth finish.
Redd came right back with a three-point play and a layup and Jefferson needed every bit of his considerable athleticism to convert a three-point play of his own for a 96-91 lead.
But Minnesota wouldn't go away, and Foye hit another big 3-pointer and scored on another drive for a 105-102 lead that whipped the home crowd into a frenzy for the first time in what had been a long season until the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1.
The Wolves are unbeaten in 2009 after a 4-23 start.
Ridnour had 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bucks after beating the Nets on a last-second teardrop on Friday night.
Bogut, who missed the previous four games with back spasms, made a pretty jump hook over Al Jefferson and then scored on a whirling drive to the basket for a 100-96 lead with 4:53 left.
But he missed two free throws just over a minute later and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Coming off a 42-point victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, Minnesota was flat from the jump. The Wolves missed 11 of their first 14 shots and were dominated on the boards by the feisty Bucks.
When guard Mike Miller missed a 3-pointer from the corner that would have cut the deficit to six points at the end of the period, he maintained that he was hit on the elbow.
Coach Kevin McHale took up Miller's cause in the intermission, referee Sean Corbin gave him two quick technicals for the first ejection of his coaching career. Assistant Jerry Sichting took over for McHale.
Notes: Bucks coach Scott Skiles missed a chance at career win No. 300. ... Wolves rookie Kevin Love had 12 rebounds, and Al Jefferson had 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with less than 2 minutes to go.
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