Wolves beat Bucks for 5th win in a row
Their coach watched the final three quarters from the locker room after being ejected and their star player watched the last 90 heart-pounding seconds from the bench after fouling out.
Yet in the most convincing sign yet that Minnesota is moving in the right direction, these young Timberwolves gritted their teeth and got another win anyway.
Randy Foye scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and the Timberwolves rallied from 13 points down in the second half for a thrilling 106-104 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Coach Kevin McHale was ejected after the first quarter with two quick technicals by referee Sean Corbin and Al Jefferson fouled out with 1:29 to play and the Wolves clinging to a 3-point lead. No matter.
"That just says that we're a team and we're starting to come together," Foye said.
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. They are unbeaten in 2009 after a 4-23 start.
Michael Redd scored 32 points for Milwaukee, but missed a chance to tie it in the final nine seconds. Richard Jefferson added 29 points for the Bucks, who led by 13 points with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter.
"We scored plenty of points, shot a good percentage, we made our free throws," coach Scott Skiles said. "When the game was really on the line, we just weren't able to come up with the stops that we needed."
Thunder 109, Bulls 98 - Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Nick Collison added a season-high 21, and visiting Oklahoma City rallied to beat Chicago in overtime.
Trailing by 7 midway through the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City had a chance to win it at the end of regulation. But with the score tied at 94, Durant a missed jumper from the top of the key and Russell Westbrook missed the tip-in, sending it to overtime. The NBA's worst team outscored the Bulls, 15-4, in OT.
Rockets 96, Knicks 76 - Luis Scola had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Rafer Alston added 17 points and six assists, and undermanned Houston (without Tracy McGrady, left knee; Ron Artest, right ankle) took advantage of visiting New York's poor shooting.
The Knicks scored only 31 points in the second half and shot 35 percent overall.
Jazz 99, Pistons 82 - Mehmet Okur scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half against his former team and host Utah beat Detroit.
Bobcats 92, Wizards 89 - Raja Bell scored 19 points, and Boris Diaw added 18 to lead visiting Charlotte, which trailed most of the game, past Washington.
Trail Blazers 113, Warriors 100 - LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and seven rebounds to lead host Portland.