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Wolves cap season with win over Bucks
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Randy Foye scored 10 of his career-high 32 points in overtime to help the Minnesota Timberwolves finish a forgettable regular season on a winning note, 110-101 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Target Center.

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In what might have been the end of Larry Krystkowiak's only full season as coach, the Bucks blew a 16-point third-quarter lead and let Foye and the Timberwolves blow by them in extra time.

Milwaukee (26-56) closed by losing eight straight and 12 of 14.

The Wolves (22-60) hope to land the same lottery luck the Bucks had three years ago, when they were awarded the first pick in the draft and took Andrew Bogut out of Utah.

Bogut had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Ramon Sessions scored a career-high 25 points to go with 14 assists.

Krystkowiak, who went 5-13 as the interim replacement for Terry Stotts last season, never found a rhythm with his team. He will meet Thursday morning with new general manager John Hammond to find out whether he'll be back.

The Timberwolves held their annual fan appreciation night, for those still interested in watching the final game of the team's worst finish in 13 years.

This was the sixth time Minnesota lost 60 games in 19 seasons of existence, though five of those came in the first six years.

The first 5,000 ticketholders through the doors were given an Al Jefferson coin bank, a fitting promotion for the player who has given the Wolves at least one reason to be hopeful for next season.

The prize of the Kevin Garnett trade that reset the franchise's development and all but promised plenty of ping-pong balls for the next draft lottery, Jefferson averaged more than 21 points and 11 rebounds while playing in all 82 games.

Jefferson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game. He was guarding a backing-down Bogut in the post when Sessions suddenly sprinted down the lane past Foye for an easy layup off the feed from Bogut. That gave the Bucks their biggest lead, 65-49 with 8½ minutes left in the third period.

Sessions, a second-round draft pick from Nevada who spent most of the year in the NBA's developmental league, has surely made a positive impression on Hammond for the future.

After his 20-point, 24-assist performance in Monday's 151-135 defeat by the Chicago Bulls, he played 40-plus minutes for the fourth straight time and recorded a double-double for the third straight game.

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