NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota
(Wednesday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Minnesota 79
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored a game-high 23 points to lead six Phoenix players in double-figure scoring, as the Suns throttled the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-79 at the Target Center.
Shawn Marion added 19 points and Quentin Richardson tallied 17 with eight rebounds for Phoenix, which shot a blistering 11-of-27 from three-point range.
Steve Nash recorded 15 points and 11 assists and Joe Johnson had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight helpers for the Suns, who rebounded from a loss Tuesday night in Memphis to win for the sixth time in seven outings.
Jim Jackson rounded out the double figure scorers for the Suns with 10 points, as the club shot 49 percent from the field despite going 50 percent (9-of-18) from the free throw line.
Wally Szczerbiak had 16 points to lead Minnesota, which has dropped three straight. Kevin Garnett had only 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have dropped 12 of 20 overall.
"It felt like high school tonight," said Garnett on the defense he saw. "It's been a while since I was triple teamed. It's my job, my responsibility to find guys and expect them to hit open shots. I try to make it easier for someone else."
The Suns never trailed in the game, scoring 10 of the first 14 points and holding a 22-10 lead with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Minnesota managed to make it a 31-21 game after one quarter, but Phoenix extended its advantage in the second.
After the Timberwolves got within 45-39 on a Garnett jumper with five minutes left until halftime, the Suns went on a 15-6 run to end the quarter and go into the break with a comfortable 60-45 cushion.
Phoenix then put the game out of reach in the third, outscoring the Timberwolves 35-15 in the stanza.
The Suns scored the first 11 points of the half to take a 71-45 advantage, and later extended its cushion to 81-51 with 4:41 remaining on consecutive Marion three-pointers.
The lead would balloon to as many as 40 points, 95-55, after back-to-back Jim Jackson threes with 1:24 left until the fourth. Five straight points by Minnesota made it a 95-60 game heading into the final 12 minutes, which began academic.
"We had a chance to go up 50, maybe 60," said Stoudemire, "but we took the fourth quarter off."
Minnesota went only 3-of-21 from three and had only five free throws the entire game (2-of-5).
Sam Cassell left the game with a right shoulder injury. He had two points and four assists in 10 minutes...Trenton Hassell had 14 points for Minnesota...Troy Hudson had 11 points...The Suns have won two of the three meetings against the Timberwolves this season.
02/02 23:32:41 ET