MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 4 (Ticker) --
The Phoenix Suns' remarkable start to
the season now includes overcoming the most dominant night of
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scored 34 points and Steve Nash
had 20 and 16
assists as the Suns continued their roll with a 122-115 triumph
over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota's third straight loss offset a record-setting
performance by Garnett, who scored a team-record 47 points and
had 17 rebounds in the loss. Garnett's previous career high was
40 and the Timberwolves' record was 44, set by Tony Campbell
and matched by Wally Szczerbiak
"I am not a person who gets (excited) about individual stats,"
Garnett said. "I was just trying to be aggressive. I focus on
us and what we have to do to get out of this hole. Phoenix is
supposed to be the best team in the league right now, and
everyone was charged for that. We have to keep our heads up,
keep fighting and keep working."
Minnesota guard Troy Hudson
felt that Garnett played with a chip
on his shoulder.
"(Garnett) is the MVP," Hudson said. "He has a lot of pride.
Guys were talking mess to him. He is the type of person that
you don't start jawing at. He came out tonight, played
aggressive, grabbed rebounds for us and just carried us on his
Even with Garnett's huge effort, Minnesota (16-13) was out of
the game most of the night. Phoenix led by 21 points in the
third quarter and only a late run by the Timberwolves made the
"In this league they say everyone one makes runs," Nash said.
"They made a run, but it was a little too late. We had already
done our work."
"I told the guys we had great energy for the last six minutes,"
Minnesota coach Flip Saunders
said. "We need to have that for
48. ... There's a reason they are 27-4. They spread the floor.
Nash has the ball in his hands almost all of the time, and he
makes great plays."
The win was the third straight for the Suns (27-4), who own the
best record in the sport.
"It is a quality win for us to beat one of the NBA's most
experienced teams and we learned some lessons," Nash said. "I
thought we played with even more intensity than we have
Stoudemire, who has a 50-point game this season, was ejected
following a skirmish with Latrell Sprewell
with 5:09 left in the
contest. Phoenix is 11-1 this season when its young star
scores 30 in a game.
"We came out ready to play," Stoudemire said. "Steve had an
incredible game. This was a fun game. They're one of the elite
teams in the league, and have been for a while. It's the most
entertaining game we've played this year."
"Amare is turning into a monster around the basket," Saunders
added. "He is very difficult to defend."
Phoenix avenged one of its four losses this season as the
Timberwolves posted a 97-93 road triumph on Dec. 3. In one
of the two home losses the Suns have endured this season,
Minnesota held a 59-47 edge on the boards.
"The guys responded," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "We did
all the dirty work. We kept them off the offensive rebounds --
or at least negated that big hole we had the first game -- and
put up a lot of points on the board."