Bucks Win Another Close One
Milwaukee 95, Minnesota 92
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 10 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks never seem to lose a close one. Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves just can't seem to win on the road.
Redd scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Bucks remained perfect in close games with a 95-92 victory over the Timberwolves, who have dropped seven straight road contests.
"I tell you what, we need to be in more close games," said Redd, who made 10-of-20 shots. "It's our goal and we need to continue to show teams that we can close out games and we did it tonight."
Milwaukee held a 68-63 lead entering the fourth quarter and widened it to 85-77 with 5:43 to go on a tough baseline jumper by Bobby Simmons, who scored 10 points.
Minnesota cut the deficit to 85-82 on a 3-pointer by Troy Hudson and a layup by Wally Szczerbiak, who scored 12 of his 20 points in the final period.
Redd answered with a jumper. After Minnesota's Marko Jaric made a jumper, Simmons made two free throws and Redd scored again for a 91-84 lead with 3:36 to play.
Garnett split a pair of free throws before Redd hit another jumper for a 93-85 bulge with 1:59 to go.
"We've kind of fell off in the fourth quarter of the last three games, so it felt good to get a lead and hang on to it," Redd said.
The Timberwolves closed to 95-92 with 28 seconds left on a three-point play by Jaric, who had 21 points and six assists. They had a chance to tie after Redd missed a tough baseline fadeaway jumper, but Jaric missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer after taking a handoff from Garnett.
"I thought Marko Jaric had a good look," Wolves coach Dwane Casey said. "We knew that they were going to switch everything, so we put (Garnett) in the middle. It should have never gotten to that point."
Milwaukee actually missed its assignment as coach Terry Stotts instructed his players to foul before a shot went up.
"If Garnett caught it, I wanted to foul him, but we didn't," Stotts said. "But it worked out."
"That was the game plan - to foul Garnett," Redd said. "We just didn't do it."
T.J. Ford had nine assists for the Bucks, who ended a season-high three-game slide.
"It's easy to get motivated when we lose three in a row," Redd said. "We were very motivated tonight to win this game."
Garnett had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolves, who shot 53 percent (37-of-70) but remained winless on the road since December 7. They are 0-5 in games decided by three points or fewer.
"It's not easy to play on the road in this league," Szczerbiak said. "We have to play a well-rounded, solid game to get over the hump."
Garnett was quiet in the fourth quarter, sitting for the first five-plus minutes and scoring just one point. He was pushed off the low block by the heavier Magloire.
"It's more me than him," Garnett said. "I have to make sure that we are ready to play."
Milwaukee trailed by as many as nine points in the first half but took the lead for good at 48-46 on a basket by rookie Andrew Bogut 26 seconds before the break.