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Balanced Attack Is Key For Wolves In Win Over Suns

by Kyle Ratke

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The Wolves had a balanced attack in Sunday afternoon’s 119-108 home win over the Suns.

Five players hit double digits, including three scoring more than 20. It was a nice showing after a disappointing game on Friday against the Heat.

The key for the Wolves was a third quarter in which Minnesota outscored Phoenix 30-22.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 25 points, five assists and three steals. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, 12 coming from the 3-point line. He also hauled in five rebounds. Taj Gibson had a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double. Gorgui Dieng led the bench with 11 points and six rebounds.

Mike James led Phoenix with 26 points and seven assists off the bench. T.J. Warren added 18 points, while Troy Daniels scored 13. Tyson Chandler rounded things out with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Wolves were without Jeff Teague and Nemanja Bjelica, while the Suns were without Devin Booker.

With the win, Minnesota moves to 12-8, tied for fourth in the West. Phoenix falls to 7-14, 13th in the West.

Highlight Of The Game

With 10:27 left in the third quarter, Towns stole a pass, threw a nifty bounce bass to Tyus Jones before Jones flipped it to Gibson for a slam. It gave the Wolves a 69-62 lead.

The Numbers Game

  • The Wolves outrebounded the Suns 48-37.
  • Tyus Jones had another great game, finishing with a team-best +22. He finished with nine points, seven assists, seven steals and four rebounds.
  • Jones’ sevens steals were one more than the entire Suns team.

Player Of The Game

Towns had his 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a block. He shot 12-for-26 from the field, 2-for-6 from deep and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Up Next

The Wolves wrap up their four-game homestand on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO AM.