While not pretty, Luke Ridnour’s game-winning floater did the trick (video)
In a game they had no right winning, let alone being close as time wound down, the Minnesota Timberwolves narrowly edged the Utah Jazz by a score of 100-98. The T-Wolves trailed nearly the entire game — by large margins (18 points back in the second quarter and trailing by 16 points with 10 minutes left in the game) — but Luke Ridnour’s running 8-foot floater as the horn sounded capped the improbable comeback.
Said Ridnour about his ugly, yet effective, shot after the ballgame:
“I can’t get to the rim, so that’s my other option,” Ridnour said, referring to a shot he has hoisted all his life. “Being a little guy, you have to find other ways.”
Ridnour’s game-winner was the exclamation point in a fourth quarter that saw the Timberwolves outscore the Jazz down the stretch by a whopping 33-15 margin. The victory got the Wolves back to .500 for the season (17-17) and the team has now equaled the amount of victories they accumulated over the entirety of an 82-game schedule last season.