NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota
(Saturday, April 11th)
Final Score: Phoenix 110, Minnesota 97
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Grant Hill scored 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-97, at the Target Center.
Leandro Barbosa and Jared Dudley added 16 points apiece for the Suns, who have won four of their last six games. Shaquille O'Neal chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Sebastian Telfair donated 21 points for Minnesota, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Rodney Carney gave 17 points and Ryan Gomes 13 in defeat. Craig Smith had 11 points and Mike Miller 10 with nine boards and nine assists.
The Suns burned the T'Wolves to the tune of 31-8 after the first quarter and were up 57-43 at the break.
"We got to keep going and prepare ourselves for next year," Suns guard Jason Richardson said. "They're a great team and we wanted to come out strong."
Minnesota got within 12 late in the third quarter on two free throws from Gomes, but Phoenix closed out the stanza with five straight points. Alando Tucker had a three-point play and Stromile Swift added a pair of free throws to make it 81-64 after three quarters.
Minnesota failed to pose a threat in the final frame.
"They wanted to play tonight," said Smith. "I guess they were upset they lost so they came out with a better effort."
Phoenix' Steve Nash ended with four points and seven assists and Robin Lopez had 11 boards and six points...The Suns closed out a four-game road trip at 2-2 and are 18-23 away from the desert this season...Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign, and will close out the season with a two-game homestand versus the Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors...The Suns took the season series, 2-1...Minnesota will close out the season with a game at Dallas and then a home game against Sacramento...Phoenix had dropped 11 of its last 16 trips to the Twin Cities.
04/11 23:25:00 ET