104, Timberwolves 103
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[January 09, 2014]
MINNEAPOLIS — Suns 104, Timberwolves 103:
Dragic scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Green
hit the go-ahead jumper with 3.9 seconds left as Phoenix rallied to
steal a win at Minnesota.
Channing Frye collected 22 points for the Suns, who trailed by
nine with just over four minutes left. Green had 14 points and Miles
Plumlee added 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Timberwolves fell to 0-10 in games decided by four points or
fewer and lost for the eighth straight time when they had a chance
to move above .500. Kevin Martin led the way with 20 points, but had
just four after halftime and missed in the lane as time expired.
Corey Brewer (15 points) nailed a 3-pointer to give Minnesota a
97-88 advantage with 4:31 to go before Dragic led Phoenix back,
scoring four quick points and then later in transition to trim his
team's deficit to 103-101 with 1:08 left. The Timberwolves turned
the ball over on their next two possessions and Green made them pay
for the second one, hitting a baseline jumper for the final margin.
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Minnesota scored the first nine points of the game but Frye
hit three 3-pointers to help Phoenix race to a 27-23 lead after
one quarter. The Timberwolves fought back into the lead on a
Nikola Pekovic basket with 4:13 left in the third and went up
79-72 when Ronny Turiaf opened the scoring in the fourth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Pekovic scored 15 of his 17 points after
halftime. ... Timberwolves F Chase Buddinger made his season
debut after having surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee,
scoring six points in 11 minutes. ... Brothers Marcus and
Markieff Morris combined for 18 points and 10 rebounds off the
Phoenix bench, with Markieff hitting one free throw with 41.4
seconds left to make it a 103-102 game.
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