The Minnesota Timberwolves had a chance to snap a 13-game losing streak last night in Phoenix at US Airways Center. However, the result was all to familiar as the Wolves grabbed their 64th loss of the season as well as 14th straight, losing 127-135 in OT. They haven’t won a game since March 11th vs. the Jazz. It’s been exactly a month and the Wolves have just one last chance this season Wednesday night versus the Houston Rockets.
The T’Wolves were again without their starting frontcourt: Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, who sat court-side, watching the Wolves play stellar basketball, but unable to get it done. Sebastian Telfair was inactive for the game.
The Suns were without Vince Carter, who was out with a left hip injury. Also, Robin Lopez received DNP-CD as did Mickael Pietrus.
The Timberwolves played quite well and battled back and forth with one of the top offenses in the League. Clearly, by the score, you can see not a lot of solid defense was played by either team.
The Timberwolves jumped out early and every time the Suns would get close, they’d go on a quick spurt to pad the lead, however by the 4th quarter the Suns offense ignited. Channing Frye and Jared Dudley lead the 4th quarter charge as the Suns outscored the Wolves 34-27, to tie the game and send it into overtime. Channing Frye scored 10 of those 34 and Dudley added 6 to fuel the Suns to an OT.
An 8-0 run put the Suns up for the first time since the first quarter 131-124 with 45 seconds to play. Minnesota got some big shots and ended up pulling ahead on a Martell Webster three. The next possession down Nash nailed a straight-away three to put them up two. Minnesota then had the ball with 8 or 9 seconds to play and a Michael Beasley layup tied the game, he was fouled but missed the free throw to keep the game tied at 121. On the final possession, the Suns had 0.9 seconds to get a shot off and a Grant Hill jumper hung on the rim for a good 3-4 seconds before rolling off, to send the game into OT.
In overtime the Suns got a bucket from all 5 of their starters to outscore the Wolves 14-6 in overtime to take the lead and the game. For the Timberwolves Anthony Tolliver had 1 point in OT and Anthony Randolph had the other 5.
Channing Frye had a big game. He converted 9-of-14 three-pointers. Nine made 3’s is a new Phoenix Suns franchise record. His 33 points was also a career-high, his former being 32.
The Timberwolves got some solid offensive play from a lot of different players. Michael Beasley led the Wolves with 26 points (16 of which came in the 4th quarter alone) as well as 6 rebounds and 2 assists. In 33 minutes off the bench Anthony Randolph added 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Anthony Tolliver started at the 4 again and set a season-high in points with 22 also adding 10 rebounds and 4 assists in 44 minutes. Luke Ridnour played a game-high 48 minutes and was tantalizingly close to a triple-double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists! Rookie Wesley Johnson added 14 points.
The Suns were led by Channing Frye’s 33 points and 4 rebounds. Jared Dudley added 26 as well as 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Grant Hill played 34 minutes, but still had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Marcin Gortat added 17 and grabbed 8 boards.
The Minnesota Timberwolves fall to 17-64 on the season, with just one last chance to snap this, now: 14-game losing streak. There final game is tomorrow versus the Houston Rockets back at the Target Center. Tipoff is set for7pmCT and a full-gameday preview can be found on this site before then. As always, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!