The Phoenix Suns have been putting on quite an offensive display on their current road trip.
They'll be hoping for more of the same Saturday when they wrap up their five-game swing against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Suns (16-4) have posted at least 37 assists in each of the first four games of their trip, including 42 - the most by an NBA team this season - in Friday's 122-107 win in Washington. Phoenix has scored at least 110 points in each of its five straight victories and had a season-high 50 baskets against the Wizards.
"Pretty crazy, right?" said Raja Bell.
Point guard Steve Nash has keyed the offensive surge. The two-time MVP had a season-high 19 assists on Friday and has at least 14 in each of his last five games.
"It all starts with Steve Nash," said forward Shawn Marion, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Six players scored in double figures for Phoenix, which leads the NBA with 111.1 points and 27.9 assists per game. The Suns were coming off a 136-123 win at Toronto in which they recorded a season high for points.
"If I think too much, I'll mess it up," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I just stay out of the way right now."
Phoenix is 10-2 on the road this season, and has won its last four away from home. The Suns have won four of their last five in Minnesota, and eight of 10 against the Timberwolves overall.
Minnesota (2-15), meanwhile, owns the worst record in the NBA and has dropped five straight. The Timberwolves have lost six in a row at home, where it is 1-8 this season.
Minnesota is coming off Thursday's 90-89 loss in Atlanta - its 22nd loss in 24 games dating to last season. The Timberwolves trailed by 19 in the first quarter but came back to take the lead before falling on Joe Johnson's jumper at the buzzer.
"We fought," said rookie Corey Brewer, who had 18 rebounds - two more than Al Jefferson's previous season high. "We made some plays. They made some plays. The last one to make a play came up with a win, but we kept bringing a lot of energy."
Antoine Walker did not play because of a sprained ankle. Marko Jaric had 18 points in 39 minutes off the bench despite a sprained right foot and ankle, and Rashad McCants added 11 points in 18 minutes despite a sore knee.
Jerry Sichting fell to 0-2 as Minnesota's coach while filling in for Randy Wittman, who underwent back surgery on Wednesday. Sichting said before Thursday's game that Wittman could return to the team Tuesday in Washington.
"He should be ready by then," Sichting said. "I think that's what the plan is anyway. Just from the sound of his voice, he sounded a lot better this morning. He's been in so much pain he didn't sound like himself the couple days previous to his surgery."
Phoenix won three of four meetings with Minnesota last season, as Nash averaged 13.8 assists and Marion had a double-doubles in each game.
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