Redd leads Bucks past Minnesota
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 22 points and grabbed
seven rebounds to lead Milwaukee past Minnesota, 95-92, at the Bradley Center.
Jamaal Magloire added 15 points and seven boards while Toni Kukoc chipped in
14 points for the Bucks, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Marko Jaric had 21 points while Wally Szczerbiak netted 20 for the
Timberwolves, who have dropped three straight contests. Kevin Garnett had 14
points and 13 boards while Trenton Hassell also scored 14 points in the loss.
Trailing by five points after three quarters, Szczerbiak’s three-pointer early
in the final period pulled Minnesota within five points and the team closed
the gap to 87-84 on Jaric’s basket with around four minutes remaining.
Milwaukee, though, quickly distanced itself courtesy of a 6-1 run. Redd scored
the final four points of the flurry, which included a jump shot with just
under two minutes left that made it 93-85.
However, Minnesota again fought back and climbed within 95-92 on Jaric’s
three-point play with 28.2 seconds remaining. Redd then missed an off-balance
jumper from the left baseline and the Timberwolves grabbed the defensive
rebound with 3.4 seconds left.
Jaric’s three-pointer, though, hit the back rim and fell aimlessly to the
court as time ran out.
Minnesota used a 9-0 run late in the first quarter to snap a tie game, and the
Timberwolves eventually led 21-14 after one period.
In the second, Milwaukee stormed back and tied the game at 31 apiece on T.J.
Ford’s basket with around seven minutes left in the half. The game stayed
tight throughout the quarter and the Bucks held a 48-46 halftime edge.
Andrew Bogut’s hoop early in the third quarter extended the Milwaukee cushion
to 60-51, but the visitors closed within three points moments later. The Bucks
enjoyed a 68-63 edge after 36 minutes.
Redd has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games…The Timberwolves
have dropped seven straight road games…The teams split the season-series,
although this was only the Bucks’ second win in the last 14 meetings with
Minnesota…The Timberwolves are now 9-3 in its last 12 trips
to Milwaukee…The Bucks are 8-0 this year in games decided by three points
or less, while Minnesota fell to 0-5 in the same scenario.