Wolves Dropped By Suns


Suns 108 (38-40) - Timberwolves 98 (17-62) | Target Center


MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer



How it happened:
The Timberwolves failed to stop the classic Phoenix Suns pick-and-roll attack on Wednesday night and fell 108-98 at Target Center.

Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks fueled the charge by executing the pick-and-roll offense beautifully. Brooks had 19 points and six assists, while Nash chipped in with six points and nine assists to lead the balanced Suns attack that had six players in double figures.

Nash got his teammates involved early by using his patent pick-and-roll penetration to drop dimes for easy buckets. The Suns set the tone quickly and controlled the lead for the majority of the contest after starting the game with an 11-2 run.

With the penetration generated from the pick-and-roll, Phoenix was able to exploit a weak Minnesota help defense by getting high-percentage looks and dropping 56 points in the paint.

The Wolves trimmed the deficit to 89-85 after a pair of free-throws from Anthony Randolph, but the Suns didn’t let it get any closer. Phoenix was carried by multiple weapons down the stretch, and closed the game out comfortably to hand the Wolves its 12th straight loss.

Leader of the Pack:
While the question still remains whether Michael Beasley can become an elite scorer in this league; tonight he carried the team by posting a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Beasley tallied his third straight 20+ point game.

Notable Performance:
After scoring in double figures in five of his last six games, Anthony Tolliver earned his first start of the season for the Timberwolves tonight. Tolliver finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Looking Ahead:
The Wolves will have several days to regroup before traveling to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night in search of a bounce back victory.


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