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Friday, November 27th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Suns (12-3) at Minnesota Timberwolves (1-14), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves are closing in on a franchise record losing streak tonight as Phoenix brings the NBA's best record to the Target Center.

The Wolves dropped their 14th straight game on Wednesday when Carmelo Anthony netted 22 points and six other Nuggets scored in double-figures, as Denver earned a 124-111 win over Minnesota.

Minnesota's 1-14 start to the season is its worst ever through 15 games. The team record losing streak is 16, from Feb. 29-March 29, 1992.

Corey Brewer registered his first-career double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota against Denver, which shot only 44.9 percent from the floor and a woeful 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from three-point territory. The Timberwolves haven't won since capturing their season opener versus New Jersey, which is currently winless on the season.

Jonny Flynn donated 20 points and Al Jefferson turned in a solid effort with 14 points and 12 boards. Ryan Hollins ended with 19 points.

"I think you have to come out and lock down defensively as a unit," Flynn said about playing the Nuggets. "I think one-on-one we do a pretty good job defensively."

The Suns, who are kicking off a four-game road trip tonight, improved to 12-3 on Wednesday when Amare Stoudemire was perfect from the field in the third quarter, when he scored 18 of his game-high 28 points, leading Phoenix to a 126-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Steve Nash registered 11 points and 16 assists for the Suns, who have won four of their last five games overall and remained unbeaten in six home contests this season. Jason Richardson scored 20 for Phoenix, which has beaten the Grizzlies in 12 of the last 13 meetings and is the only team in the NBA to have scored 100-or-more points in each of its games.

The Suns, who became the first team in the league to reach 12 victories, finished the game shooting 61.9 percent. They have scored 100 or more in 32 consecutive home games and have won 15 in a row as the host going back to last season.

Phoenix has won two straight and four of its last five outings vs. the Wolves, including a 120-112 triumph in the Valley of the Sun on Nov. 1.

11/27 10:30:44 ET


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