PHOENIX, March 8 (Ticker) -- Kevin Garnett
is rarely outplayed by any one player, but on Friday he was outdone by two.
Shawn Marion had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Bo Outlaw scored a season-high 16 points as the Phoenix Suns rallied for an
81-76 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who got a season-low four points from Garnett.
Garnett is one of the best power forwards in the league but was thoroughly beaten by Marion and Outlaw, who combined to spark Phoenix's offense and shut down Minnesota's main scoring threat.
Garnett collected 18 rebounds and six assists but made just 2-of-17 shots and did not attempt a free throw.
NBA TV highlights from Wolves-Suns:
Stephon Marbury makes a tough pass against the Wolves.
"It was a team thing," Outlaw said. "Each quarter, someone else had him. We did a good job trying to defend him. He is a long and aggressive guy who plays the game well, so this was a great effort."
"Most of time, there was a guy in front of me the whole night," Garnett said. "So you get the ball, you try to be aggressive. I rushed a lot of things at the same time. Maybe it was me trying to get myself going, maybe I was thinking too much."
Garnett had scored in double figures in 338 straight games before getting ejected in the third quarter of a Feb. 4 loss at San Antonio after scoring just eight points. He had not scored less than four points since being held scoreless on Jan. 27, 1996, his rookie season.
Despite the poor performance from Garnett, the Timberwolves had a 70-63 lead with just under seven minutes left before the Suns scored 12 of the next 13 points.
Dan Majerle's long 3-pointer gave Phoenix the lead for good, 73-71, before Stephon Marbury capped the burst with a 17-foot jumper with 3:50 remaining.
Anthony Peeler had a breakaway dunk, but Marbury responded with a tough left-handed layup off the glass for to give the Suns a 77-73 lead with 97 seconds to go.
Outlaw, a 42 percent free-throw shooter, sank a pair of clutch free throws with 74 seconds left and, after a Peeler 3-pointer, sealed the victory with a breakaway drunk with five seconds remaining.
Minnesota made just two of its final 15 shots, both by Peeler, and scored only five points in the final 6:55.
"Our fourth quarter defense was outstanding," Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said. "Bo and Shawn did an outstanding job on
Kevin Garnett. The guys just accepted the challenge and we stepped up."
"Our defense is winning it for us," Marbury said. "Our offense, as you can see, gets stagnant at times. As long as we can continue to play good defense, we can create offense."
Marbury finished with 28 points for Phoenix, which won its second straight game despite shooting a season-low 35.7 percent (30-of-84) from the field.
Outlaw made 6-of-7 shots from the floor while the rest of the Suns combined to make only 24-of-77. He also grabbed seven
rebounds and blocked two shots, both on Garnett.
Wally Szczerbiak scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 17 for the Timberwolves, who shot just 34 percent (29-of-85) and have lost a season-high three straight games for the third time this season.