NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota
(Wednesday, November 26th)
Final Score: Phoenix 110, Minnesota 102
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal posted 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns held off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-102.
All five starters for the Suns reached double figures as the club shot 53.6 percent from the field in their third straight win. Steve Nash finished with 20 points and six assists, while Amare Stoudemire and Raja Bell netted 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the win.
"It's a good feeling [to win on the road], especially going into Thanksgiving," Bell said. "We've been a pretty good road team this year. We're finding ways to win on the road. It's not always a pretty thing, but we find ways to get a win."
Al Jefferson led all players with 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had won two of three coming into the game. Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes chipped in 17 and 16 points, respectively, in defeat.
Leading 28-23 after a quarter of play, the Suns opened the second with a 13-2 run that ended with back-to-back layups from Leandro Barbosa and O'Neal.
The T-Wolves countered with eight straight points but ultimately trailed 59-43 at the break as Phoenix scored 14 points in the final 2:45 of the half to keep the comfortable lead.
Minnesota's 9-0 surge midway through the third was finished off by Sebastian Telfair's steal and layup, cutting the T-Wolves deficit to seven with three minutes remaining in the quarter.
The Suns stayed ahead, 80-72, with 12 minutes to play, and the lead didn't reach double figures until the Suns scored six straight midway through the frame. Matt Barnes, who finished with 12 points, and O'Neal hooked up on an alley-oop and the Suns led, 94-82, with five minutes to play.
A bevy of free throws and a long Nash jumper made it a 16-point game several minutes later and Minnesota couldn't get much closer down the stretch.
"I'm tired of making comebacks. I want to dominate teams when they come into this building," Foye said. "That's something that we have to work on, we have to grow. We just have to take it day-to-day."
The Suns have won 11 of the past 15 matchups in the series, but had lost two in a row at Minnesota...Rashad McCants, battling a back injury, hit 4-of-6 from three-point-range off the bench en route to 12 points for Minnesota...The T-Wolves shot 42.4 percent from the floor.
11/26 23:46:14 ET