NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Phoenix 120, Minnesota 95
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson scored 22 points and dished out five assists, as the Phoenix Suns earned a 120-95 victory over Minnesota, dealing the Timberwolves their 15th straight defeat.
Minnesota's 1-15 start to the season is its worst ever through 16 games. The team record losing streak is 16, from February 29-March 29, 1992. The Timberwolves can match that record if they fall to Denver on Sunday.
Grant Hill added 17 points and five assists for the Suns, who have won three in a row and hold the best record in the NBA at 13-3. Earl Clark chipped in 14 points off the bench. Amare Stoudemire ended with 12 points for Phoenix, which shot 59.3 percent from the field.
"You definitely got to bring your A game for games like this. A lot of times this can be a getaway game for us," said Stoudemire.
Ramon Sessions had 23 points for the Timberwolves, who shot 40.7 percent from the floor. Al Jefferson tallied 20 points and five rebounds, while Ryan Hollins added 13 points and six boards in defeat. Jonny Flynn scored 18 to go with six assists for the Timberwolves, whose only victory this season came in the season-opener against the still winless New Jersey Nets.
"Everybody is coming in here kind of full throttle to put us away. We have to do some soul searching. We have to go out there and really have pride. The coaching staff can't do it for us," said Flynn.
The Timberwolves held a 5-4 edge early on, but that was the only lead they saw the entire game. The Suns ripped off seven straight points to take a 24-14 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first, and held a 32-22 margin after 12 minutes.
The Suns scored nine straight points late in the second to take control of the game. Louis Amundson's jumper and layup capped the spurt and gave Phoenix a 57-34 lead with 1:13 remaining until the half. The score was 60-39 at the break.
A Channing Frye three-pointer put the Suns in front 84-52 with 4:22 to go in the third. Phoenix cruised to victory from there.
Phoenix made 10-of-24 shots from beyond the arc, while the Timberwolves went 2-of-14 from three-point range...The Suns started a four-game road trip on Friday....Phoenix has won three straight and five of its last six outings vs. Minnesota, including a 120-112 triumph in the Valley of the Sun on November 1...The Suns travel to Toronto on Sunday.
11/28 00:48:17 ET