On March 2, 1997 Horacio Llamas and the Phoenix Suns made history.

The 7-foot center from El Rosario, Mexico made his debut with the Suns, and, in the process, became the first Mexican-born player to step on the court in the NBA.

His roots in Arizona went deeper than that, as he first played organized basketball in the United States at Pima Community College in Tucson before transferring to Grand Canyon University to finish his collegiate career.

So far this season the margin between the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves has been slim. Through two games the point differential has been just five points, each team has a victory at home and the Suns earned theirs in overtime.

That all sets up what should be an enticing matchup at US Airways Center for the 7 p.m. tipoff tonight.

Despite how close the two previous games were, the styles in which each game was played couldn’t have been more different – making this game even more of an unknown.

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