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News » Minnesota Timberwolves roll to fourth straight win behind Randy Foye's 32 points


Minnesota Timberwolves roll to fourth straight win behind Randy Foye's 32 points


Minnesota Timberwolves roll to fourth straight win behind Randy Foye's 32 points
Stuck in a 13-game losing streak just two weeks ago, the Timberwolves suddenly are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

And no one is hotter than Randy Foye.

Both continued their sizzling play Wednesday night as Foye shot the Wolves to their fourth straight win, a 129-87 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Target Center.

Foye tied his career high with 32 points, including 18 in the first quarter for the Wolves (10-25), who led from wire to wire in notching their sixth win in their past eight games and first four-game winning streak since Jan. 1-7, 2007.

The victory was the second biggest win in Wolves history, behind only a 127-74 rout of Chicago on Nov. 8, 2001.

"I just came out aggressive shooting the ball and they were just going in for me," Foye said. "So I just kept shooting them."

Foye hit his first seven shots before a long jumper off the backboard rimmed out four minutes into the second quarter. He hit 10 of 16 shots, including 6 of 9 from three-point range, while playing just the first three quarters.

How hot was he?

Foye equaled his season high of 26 points in the first half and matched his career high of 32 with 0.9 seconds to play in the third period before calling it a night.

He said he was aware of the record but didn't care about going back in or anything but getting a victory.

"It feels great to be talking about these wins," he said. "Early on we lost 13 in a row and I got tired of the same broken record. 'We're getting better. We're getting better.' Now we're saying we're getting better, and I know you guys can see it now."

Coach Kevin McHale said his team started out hot and stayed hot, adding, "Foye was on fire."

"He's a dynamic, very strong, very quick player," McHale said. "His jump shot's really improved. He's playing with confidence and he was turning the corner. You have 32 (points) with six assists and one turnover, that's tremendous play."

Al Jefferson added 21 points and 13 rebounds in his three quarters of work for the Wolves.

Kevin Love, with 16 points, was one of four more players in double figures for Minnesota, along with Craig Smith (14), Rodney Carney (14) and Ryan Gomes (10).

Love also tied his career high with 15 rebounds.

Rashad McCants even got in on the act for the first time in three games, playing the final 6:56 and hitting a three-pointer that made it 123-79.

It was that kind of night for the home team, which rode Foye's 18 points to a 42-24 lead after one period.

Those 42 first-quarter points are a season high for Minnesota, which set another for a half in stretching the lead to 72-43.

The Wolves, who let a 29-point, third-quarter lead get away last week in a 107-100 loss at Dallas, made sure there would be no repeat.

A 9-2 run to start the second half swelled the lead to 81-45, and the Thunder got no closer than 27 the rest of the way.

"That (Dallas game) was a tough loss for us, but we learned from our mistakes," Foye said. "We were up 29 today at halftime and we said to ourselves we aren't going to let it happen. That's why we came out at the beginning of the third quarter like that."

Nick Collison had 17 points and Russell Westbrook 16 to lead Oklahoma City (5-31), which came in with the NBA's worst record but had won two of its previous three games and split the first two meetings with Minnesota.

"There was nothing positive about this game," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We showed a lack of focus from the start that's unacceptable. You gotta bring it every night."

On this night, though, Brooks and his players agreed there was no stopping Foye, who will be back at Target Center on Saturday to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

"He was (on fire)," forward Kevin Durant said. "He even made shots with hands in his face. He's a great player, and that's what great players do. Give credit to him."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 9, 2009

 

 
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