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MILWAUKEE - New Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour had a small measure of revenge against his former teammates. But after the game, both teams were crying foul about the officiating after the crew called 63 personal fouls and six technicals.
Ridnour hit three free throws with 1 second left in overtime to rally Minnesota to a 119-118 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night in the exhibition finale for both teams.
"It seems like it always starts like this in the preseason — a lot of fouls, emphasizing different things and then the regular season gets started it is a different game," said Ridnour, who signed a $16 million, four-year contract in July. "We just got to adjust to it and keep fighting and get ready for the real show."
The crew of Leroy Richardson, Gary Zielinski and Ed Malloy blew the whistle early and often.
"You hear the fans complaining about the game of basketball, how it's not the same as it used to be and they want to make it more fan attractive," said Drew Gooden, who finished with 12 points and was careful not to criticize the officiating. "(If) it's the way we have to make it more fan attractive by making the calls, then so be it."
The Bucks led 118-112 with 2:05 left, but the Timberwolves (6-2) hit seven straight free throws to end it. Ridnour finished with 17 points, including going 10 of 10 from the free throw line, and had seven assists against his old team.
Minnesota trailed by 15 points in the first half, but Ridnour hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left that sent the game into overtime after Keyon Dooling missed a contested runner at the buzzer for the Bucks (3-5).
Corey Maggette scored all 17 of his points form the free throw line on 20 attempts before fouling out in his Bucks' debut. He missed both of his shots from the field.
Maggette and Gooden were the two biggest additions to the Bucks, who made the playoffs for the first time in four years last season but had a glaring lack of offensive firepower after Andrew Bogut's season-ending injury.
Maggette fouled out in the third quarter, and Gooden and Bogut weren't on the court down the stretch. Bogut, still working his way back from right elbow, wrist and hand injuries suffered in April, scored seven points and had six rebounds in 25 minutes.
"Sixty-three fouls called in a game, the game just went two hours and 50 minutes, it was pretty boring," Bogut said. "You get games like that, you don't want them."
Milwaukee failed to grab a rebound late when the Timberwolves missed two 3-point attempts in the closing seconds before Ridnour was fouled by Chris Douglas-Roberts with 1 second left. After hitting all three free throws, he leapt into Kevin Love's arms on the bench.
"That was a veteran-type of play and he recognized the clock," Douglas-Roberts said. "He created the contact but at the end of the game you've got to leave it up to the ref right there, and the ref made the foul call."
Timberwolves center Darko Milicic returned from a sore neck, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also drew laughs when he dunked a ball in the fourth quarter, hung on the rim drawing the sixth technical of the night, and then fell awkwardly.
"It's tough but it's those new rules so we've got to control our actions and watch what we say," said Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer, who also drew a technical.
It certainly had the feel of an exhibition game until the end.
At one point during an officials' review, Michael Beasley sat on the scorers' table and chatted with Bucks TV analyst Jon McGlocklin, who asked him about Minnesota's weather.
"I'm already freezing," Beasley quipped after being dealt from Miami in a trade that helped the Heat clear salary cap space to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Milwaukee was without John Salmons (right knee), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (right ankle) and Jon Brockman (left ankle), while the Timberwolves were missing Jonny Flynn (left hip), Wesley Johnson (left hamstring), Martell Webster (back spasms) and Sebastian Telfair (heel, right shoulder).
Both teams open their seasons Wednesday. Minnesota hosts Sacramento and Milwaukee plays at New Orleans.
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|Houston||3||Bottom 8th Inning|
|NY Mets||1||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||10||Top 8th Inning|
|Miami||6||Top 8th Inning|
|NY Yankees||9||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||5||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Los Angeles||1||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||3||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Kansas City||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Seattle||9||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Arizona||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Arizona||3||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Oakland||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|New York||6:30 PM|
|St. Louis||0||2nd Prd 14:34|
|Mount St Marys||77||FINAL|
|Boise State||58||1st OT 0:50|
|Oklahoma State||70||2nd Half 0:08|
|Connecticut||45||2nd Half 2:26|
|Georgetown||56||2nd Half 3:53|
|UMBC||43||2nd Half 6:40|
|Bowling Green||42||2nd Half 10:15|
|Siena||44||2nd Half 10:58|
|Va Military||47||2nd Half 11:20|
|Northeastern||53||2nd Half 12:07|
|Western Carolina||58||2nd Half 5:39|
|Western Ky||39||2nd Half 9:15|
|Utah||51||2nd Half 5:40|
|Missouri State||23||2nd Half 11:15|
|San Diego||26||2nd Half 15:55|
|Seattle||19||1st Half 3:58|
|Army||22||1st Half 6:15|
|Nicholls||6||1st Half 6:46|
|Arkansas||5||1st Half 16:06|
|Pittsburgh||2||1st Half 18:30|
|South Carolina||16||1st Half 15:00|
|Oral Roberts||0||1st Half 19:15|
|Auburn||9||1st Half 16:04|
|Oklahoma||9||1st Half 15:33|
|Texas||4||1st Half 16:39|
|Incarnate Word||3:00 PM|
|Colorado State||3:05 PM|
|Seton Hall||3:30 PM|
|George Washington||3:30 PM|
|Ball State||3:30 PM|
|Arizona State||3:30 PM|
|New Orleans||3:45 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Weber State||4:05 PM|
|Southern Ill||4:05 PM|
|Holy Cross||4:30 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||4:30 PM|
|Jackson State||5:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||5:00 PM|
|James Madison||5:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||5:30 PM|
|Texas Southern||5:30 PM|
|Grambling St||6:00 PM|
|Eastern Ky||6:00 PM|
|Wright State||6:00 PM|
|SE Louisiana||6:00 PM|
|UC Riverside||6:00 PM|
|Long Beach State|
|Northern Colorado||6:00 PM|
|St Bonaventure||6:00 PM|
|UC Davis||6:30 PM|
|Central Arkansas||6:30 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Grand Canyon||7:00 PM|
|Prairie View||7:30 PM|
|Miss Valley St||7:30 PM|
|Texas State||7:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||7:30 PM|
|William & Mary|
|McNeese State||7:30 PM|
|North Carolina||8:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||8:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Fresno State||9:00 PM|
|San Jose St|
|Idaho State||9:05 PM|
|Montana State||9:05 PM|
|New Mexico||9:05 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Cal State Fullerton||10:59 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||0||1st Half 5:00|
|Red Bull New York||6:30 PM|
|New England||7:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake||9:30 PM|
|(5) South Carolina||58|
|(18) Oklahoma St||67|
|East Tenn St||50||FINAL|
|Fla Gulf Coast||74||FINAL|
|Central Michigan||79||1st OT 2:33|
|Ohio U||36||2nd Half 15:19|
|(15) Texas A&M||64||2nd Half 8:55|
|New Orleans||31||2nd Half 9:21|
|Sam Houston St||73|
|Kansas||37||2nd Half 8:38|
|No Dakota State||26||2nd Half|
|Southern Ill||37||2nd Half|
|Evansville||44||2nd Half 20:00|
|Indiana State||34||2nd Half|
|Illinois State||30||2nd Half|
|Ohio State||33||1st Half 5:19|
|Eastern Washington||3:00 PM|
|Portland State||3:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||3:00 PM|
|Utah Valley U||3:00 PM|
|TX-Pan American||3:00 PM|
|Prairie View||3:00 PM|
|Texas Southern||3:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||0||1st Half 18:42|
|McNeese State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Jackson State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Western Carolina||3:30 PM|
|(14) NC State||4:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|
|Central Arkansas||4:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|SE Louisiana||4:00 PM|
|Cal Poly||4:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|(16) Nebraska||4:55 PM|
|(19) Michigan State|
|Miss Valley St||5:00 PM|
|Texas State||5:15 PM|
|Chicago State||6:00 PM|
|(7) West Virginia|
|(13) North Carolina||6:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Northern Colorado||8:30 PM|
|Long Beach St||9:00 PM|
|Washington St||10:30 PM|