Bucks hang on to beat T-Wolves for first win this seasonRegional Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks almost blew a 20-point lead last night, but they hung on to beat Minnesota in their home opener, 98-95.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks almost blew a 20-point lead last night, but they hung on to beat Minnesota in their home opener, 98-95.
Former University of Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer scored the deciding points when Brandon Jennings found him on a broken play. And Leuer converted a three-point play after being fouled on his shot with 1:17 left.
Jennings led the Bucks with 24 points and seven assists, and he made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch. Leuer, Milwaukee's second-round draft pick, had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Kevin Love had 31 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Love made 13-of-15 free throws in the first quarter, and Bucks' coach Scott Skiles got a technical foul for protesting Love's treatment. Minnesota committed 25 turnovers to just four for Milwaukee. Kevin Love missed the game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer. Luke Ridnour had 17 points and Michael Beasley finished with 15 for the T-Wolves.
The Bucks played without forward Drew Gooden, who was suspended for a game after a flagrant foul in Charlotte on Monday night. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Carlos Delfino did not dress due to injuries.
Former Bucks' coach Terry Porter led Minnesota, while Wolves' coach Rick Adelman was away for the funeral of his mother-in-law. Porter says it's tough to win games when Milwaukee scores 29 points off 26 turnovers.
The Bucks are now 1-1, and will host Washington on Friday night. The Wolves, 0-2, host the Miami Heat Friday night and the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks visit Target Center Sunday.