NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (9-5) at Phoenix Suns (13-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Phoenix Suns go for their 10th straight win, as they welcome Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight to America West Arena.
The Suns posted their ninth straight victory on Wednesday night, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-101, in front of their home crowd. Phoenix pushed its record to 13-2, its best start in 24 years. The last time the Suns won 10 in a row was from March 27, 1998 to April 15, 1998.
In 1980-81, the Suns won 14 of their first 16 games in the campaign. Phoenix finished the regular season with a 57-25 record, but lost in seven games to the Kansas City Kings in the Western Conference semifinals.
Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson registered 21 points apiece in the winning effort, while Joe Johnson added 18. Shawn Marion added 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Leandra Barbosa chipped in 15 points off the bench.
Phoenix shot 53 percent from the field, including 44 percent from three-point range (8-of-18) in the victory over Cleveland. The Suns hit 18-of-21 from the charity stripe in the contest.
The Suns are 6-1 as the host this season.
Minnesota comes into tonight's contest on a three-game winning streak. Sam Cassell netted 26 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists, leading the Timberwolves over the Golden State Warriors, 107-99, on Wednesday at The Arena.
Wally Szczerbiak finished with 20 points and Garnett added 17 to go along with 16 boards in Wednesday's victory for Minnesota, which has won five of its last seven overall. Latrell Sprewell chipped in 15 points in the win.
Cassell has scored 20 more points three times this season. He is averaging 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and seven assists in his last two games.
The Timberwolves, who play the third of a four-game road trip, are 5-3 on the road this season. Minnesota is 2-0 on the current swing and finishes up the trip on Saturday at the Staples Center against the surprising Los Angeles Clippers.
In 2003-04, the Timberwolves swept their four contests with the Suns. Overall, the home team has won 12 of the last 15 meetings in this series. Minnesota has won eight of its last nine games with Phoenix. The Timberwolves have won two straight and three of their last four at Phoenix.
12/03 10:11:46 ET