Milwaukee Bucks defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 87-72

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Backup point guard Luke Ridnour found his shooting stroke, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half and drilling a pair of three-pointers.

"With all the hype surrounding Brandon (Jennings), Luke has been sitting there in the shadows a little bit," Bucks guard Charlie Bell said. "He really came big for us tonight, and we need that. He didn't play much in the first couple games. That's what a real pro does, he just goes out there and performs when...

Minneapolis — A much needed jolt of energy came from three rim-rattling dunks by forward Hakim Warrick in the third quarter.

Then it was backup point guard Luke Ridnour swishing shots from all angles late in the third quarter and early in the final period.

Suddenly, the Milwaukee Bucks' offensive woes had vanished on the way to an 87-72 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at the Target Center.

The Bucks (2-2) shook off their shooting slump with...