Bucks stop Timberwolves
Michael Beasley scored 21 points, All-Star Kevin Love 20 and Wesley Johnson, who started for Corey Brewer, had 14, but it wasn’t enough as Minnesota lost its six of the last seven in Milwaukee.
Brewer was not with the Timberwolves after being traded to the New York Knicks for forward Anthony Randolph, center Eddy Curry, cash and a 2015 second-round pick from the Denver Nuggets who acquired Timberwolves’ center Kosta Koufos.
Corey Maggette finished with 20 points and got the Bucks started in the fourth quarter when he scored the first six points to break a 76-76 tie.
Milwaukee stayed ahead the rest of the quarter, but after Minnesota cut to lead to one on Luke Ridnour’s jumper with 2:00 to go, Jennings made five free throws the rest of the way.
After Ridnour’s jumper got the Timberwolves to one, Carlos Delfino missed a 3 for the Bucks. Ridnour missed and Jennings grabbed the rebound and drove to the basket. His layup was blocked by Johnson and the ball rolled out of bounds. Jennings was fouled on the ensuing play and sank two free throws with 1:17 left giving Milwaukee a three-point lead.
Darko Milicic’s hook rolled in and out and the Bucks grabbed the rebound. After a Milwaukee turnover, Ridnour missed again and Delfino tipped the ball out to Jennings. He was fouled with 18.1 seconds remaining and sank both free throws to push the lead to five.
Ridnour missed a driving layup as time expired.
-- Brewer had permission to stay at the team hotel and left before the game started.
-- Bucks center Jon Brockman tied his career high with 14 rebounds.
-- Love extended his Wolves franchise record double-double streak to 43 games.
Last updated: 4:14 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012