NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Phoenix|
(Thursday, March 1st)
Final Score: Phoenix 104, Minnesota 95
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Grant Hill scored a season-high 20 points and
the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for the ninth
straight time, 104-95, on Thursday.
The Suns played their first game since February 22, but showed little rust
while shooting better than 53 percent, including nearly 61 percent in the
Marcin Gortat added 17 points and Steve Nash had 13 points, 17 assists and
eight rebounds in the win, Phoenix's third in four games.
Kevin Love, back from a one-game absence because of flu-like symptoms, had 23
points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota, which was playing its third game in
"For all these guys, for me coming off being sick, I think we just had tired
legs down the stretch and it caught up with us," said Love.
The Timberwolves are 1-2 on a four-game road trip after splitting games the
previous two days in Los Angeles, where they beat the Clippers and lost to the
They have lost 11 of their last 12 overall against the Suns, who took control
of the game with a 26-9 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.
"We just stayed after it, kept attacking," said Suns coach Alvin Gentry.
Shannon Brown, who played almost 25 minutes off the bench, scored 10 of his 12
points during the surge and Hill had five, capping the run with a three-point
play to give Phoenix a 90-79 lead with about 6 1/2 minutes left.
The Suns led by as many as 13 points down the stretch while the Timberwolves
never got closer than six.
Hill went 8-of-12 from the floor and topped his previous season-high of 19
points in a loss at Dallas on January 23. He also had a key block on Nikola
Pekovic down low on a shot that could have drawn Minnesota within five points
with 1 1/2 minutes left.
"Grant was exceptional," said Gentry.
Minnesota led 23-22 after the first quarter and was ahead 31-24 in the second
before a 7-0 Suns run, sparked by Hill's three-point play, tied it.
The Timberwolves later pushed their lead to 44-34 with a 9-1 burst and took a
51-46 edge into halftime behind 10 points apiece from Love and Pekovic, who
finished with 14 in the game.
The Suns have won 10 in a row over the Wizards, their only longer current
streak against one team...The Timberwolves will play just six of their 17
games in March at home. They are 8-9 on the road...The Suns are 3-1 on a six-
game homestand that continues Friday night against the Clippers...Minnesota
gets a one-day break before finishing its road trip at Portland on Saturday.
03/02 00:24:30 ET