Warren Scores Big Again, Suns Fall to Wolves

Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Suns' 86-77 summer league loss to Minnesota on Wednesdasy, July 16, 2014.
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by Matt Petersen

Another stellar outing from Suns rookie T.J. Warren wasn't enough in an 86-77 loss to Minnesota in Phoenix's fourth Summer League game.

Warren led all scorers with 26 points, with Elias Harris adding 16 points and Miles Plumlee throwing in his second consecutive double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks).

Phoenix will play its last game on Friday at 1:00 p.m., Pacific time.

Suns Standout

Warren Hangs and Hits

It's becoming more and more apparent that the only thing that can stop Warren from scoring is injury.

Not counting Sunday's game that was cut short due to an elbow to the eye, the 14th overall pick from this summer's draft is averaging 25.3 points on 59 percent shooting.

Perhaps most impressive of all, Warren has committed just three total turnovers in a combined 92 minutes of play.

Key Stretch

Warren dominated the third quarter to keep matters close before the Timberwolves pulled away in the final period. The Suns rookie scored Phoenix's first 12 points of the quarter on a step-back jumper, a pair of free throws, a running hook, fadeaway and another layup.

Two more Warren buckets and a pair of Dionte Christmas free throws closed the gap to four heading into the fourth quarter.

Worth Mentioning

Plumlee Climbs the Mountain

Phoenix's big man rotation is somewhat depleted due to Alex Len's injury, but Plumlee has stepped his game in response. The third-year big man is averaging 8.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals per contest through four games.

Elias Harris is also showing signs in his increased role as a starter. The free agent forward started Wednesday's game by hitting two three-pointers before moving his game inside, where he scored with a power game that produced an and-one post shot among other things.