Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green (14) hits the game-winning shot during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Suns Execute In Crunch Time, Top TimberWolves in Thriller


Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green (14) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

 

In a game that went down to the wire and got the adrenaline pumping in anyone involved, the Suns leave Minnesota with a 104-103 over the Timbewolves. It was a battle from start to finish. The Suns started off down 9-0, but picked up the pace to take a 27-24 lead after one quarter.

The game went back and forth from there. In the fourth, the Suns were down by as much as nine, and it looked like it might be over, but the Suns, as usual, didn’t quit. They fought back up, climbing up to being down just two points with about a minute left. Markieff Morris went to the line, and got the SUns within one. On the ensuing Wolves turn, the SUns played tight defense and  got the ball back. Coach Jeff Hornacek then called a time out.

With 16 on the game clock and 15 on the shot clock, Dragic took the ball, he made a move to get inside, but realized he had no open teammates. He threw a desperate pass to Marcus Morris, who handed it off to Gerald Green. Green then took a sideways fadeaway that went straight in, giving the Suns a 104-103 lead with 3.9 seconds left.

The Wolves called time, then got the ball to Kevin Martin, who took a last second layup that fell just short, giving the Suns the victory.

It was a rough game. The powerful frontcourt of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic was held at bay for much of the game. Love, who is second in points per game in the NBA, shot 4-20 from the floor.  Both grabbed 12 rebounds, though. The Wovles also shot 29-35 from the charity stripe, which looked to be the deciding advantage, but the Suns managed to overcome it.

Goran Dragic continued his hot streak, putting up 26 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Channing Frye burned the Wolves frontcourt from the perimeter, scoring 22 points and shooting 5-10 from deep. The SUns also had a strong rebounding night. Plumlee had nine, P.J. Tucker had 10, and Alex Len had five boards. In his return to the Suns, Leandro Barbosa put up three points, three rebounds, and three assists. He wasn’t spectacular, but he showed heart, and showed that he wants to be here. If he can keep putting in this kind of spirit, his second tenure in Phoenix should be longer than ten days.

The Suns really pulled this one out with pure effort, like they do with most games. They move to 21-13, and 1-1 on their road trip. The trip continues on Friday, when they head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.

 

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