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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      PHOENIX          31   29   35   13    108  
      MINNESOTA        21   24   15   19    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   PHO - AMARE STOUDEMIRE 23, SHAWN MARION 19, 
                      QUENTIN RICHARDSON 17
                MIN - WALLY SZCZERBIAK 16, TRENTON HASSELL 14,
                      KEVIN GARNETT 12

HIGH REBOUND:   PHO - QUENTIN RICHARDSON 8, JOE JOHNSON 8, TWO
                      PLAYERS WITH 7
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI 5, 
                      WALLY SZCZERBIAK 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   PHO - STEVE NASH 11, JOE JOHNSON 8, QUENTIN 
                      RICHARDSON 4
                MIN - LATRELL SPREWELL 6, TROY HUDSON 5, SAM 
                      CASSELL 4

         ATT:   17,179

Box Score

PHOENIX (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Q Richardson 36 5-12 3-5 0-8 4 1 17 S Marion 33 8-12 0-0 1-4 1 3 19 A Stoudemire 29 9-14 5-7 2-7 1 2 23 S Nash 26 7-13 1-2 1-3 11 1 15 J Johnson 41 6-16 0-0 3-8 8 1 14 J Jackson 26 4-8 0-0 0-4 1 2 10 S Hunter 19 0-4 0-4 4-7 1 2 0 B Outlaw 13 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 S Parker 7 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 J Voskuhl 7 2-4 0-0 2-3 1 2 4 P Shirley 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-90 9-18 14-48 28 17 108 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 11-27, .407 (Q Richardson 4-10, S Marion 3-4, S Nash 0-1, J Johnson 2-6, J Jackson 2-5, S Parker 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:5 (S Hunter 2, J Jackson, B Outlaw, J Johnson). Turnovers:13 (Q Richardson 3, J Johnson 3, J Jackson 2, S Hunter 2, S Marion, J Voskuhl, A Stoudemire). Steals: 7 (J Johnson 3, S Marion 2, B Outlaw, S Nash). MINNESOTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp W Szczerbiak 36 7-15 0-0 1-5 3 0 16 K Garnett 33 6-14 0-0 1-13 3 3 12 M Olowokandi 12 2-3 0-0 1-5 0 4 4 T Hassell 23 7-10 0-0 0-0 0 3 14 S Cassell 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 L Sprewell 32 3-12 1-2 2-3 6 0 7 T Hudson 32 5-15 0-0 1-2 5 1 11 E Griffin 13 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 0 A Carter 13 4-5 0-1 1-4 2 1 8 F Hoiberg 27 2-9 1-2 1-3 2 1 5 J Thomas 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-91 2-5 8-39 26 19 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.400. 3-Point Goals: 3-21, .143 (W Szczerbiak 2-4, K Garnett 0-1, S Cassell 0-1, L Sprewell 0-3, T Hudson 1-5, E Griffin 0-2, F Hoiberg 0-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (W Szczerbiak, T Hassell, E Griffin). Turnovers:18 (T Hudson 4, K Garnett 3, A Carter 3, S Cassell 2, T Hassell 2, M Olowokandi 2, L Sprewell, E Griffin). Steals: 5 (F Hoiberg 2, W Szczerbiak 2, L Sprewell). -------------------------------------------- PHOENIX 31 29 35 13 - 108 MINNESOTA 21 24 15 19 - 79 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,179. T: 1:57. Officials: James Capers, Kevin Fehr, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

PHOENIX (108) AT MINNESOTA (79) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === Q RICHARDSON F 36 5-12 3-5 0 8 8 4 1 0 3 17 S MARION F 33 8-12 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 2 1 19 A STOUDEMIRE C 29 9-14 5-7 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 23 S NASH G 26 7-13 1-2 1 2 3 11 1 1 0 15 J JOHNSON G 41 6-16 0-0 3 5 8 8 1 3 3 14 J JACKSON 26 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 10 S HUNTER 19 0-4 0-4 4 3 7 1 2 0 2 0 B OUTLAW 13 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 0 S PARKER 7 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 J VOSKUHL 7 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 4 P SHIRLEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 44-90 9-18 14 34 48 28 17 7 13 108 (.489) (.500) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === W SZCZERBIAK F 36 7-15 0-0 1 4 5 3 0 2 0 16 K GARNETT F 33 6-14 0-0 1 12 13 3 3 0 3 12 M OLOWOKANDI C 12 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 2 4 T HASSELL G 23 7-10 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 14 S CASSELL G 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 2 L SPREWELL 32 3-12 1-2 2 1 3 6 0 1 1 7 T HUDSON 32 5-15 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 0 4 11 E GRIFFIN 13 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 0 A CARTER 13 4-5 0-1 1 3 4 2 1 0 3 8 F HOIBERG 27 2-9 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 5 J THOMAS 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-91 2-5 8 31 39 26 19 5 18 79 (.407) (.400) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18 (23 PTS) PHOENIX 31 29 35 13 - 108 MINNESOTA 21 24 15 19 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - S HUNTER 2, J JACKSON, B OUTLAW, J JOHNSON. MINNESOTA - W SZCZERBIAK, T HASSELL, E GRIFFIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 11-27 (.407), Q RICHARDSON 4-10, S MARION 3- 4, S NASH 0-1, J JOHNSON 2-6, J JACKSON 2-5, S PARKER 0-1. MINNESOTA 3- 21 (.143), W SZCZERBIAK 2-4, K GARNETT 0-1, S CASSELL 0-1, L SPREWELL 0- 3, T HUDSON 1-5, E GRIFFIN 0-2, F HOIBERG 0-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JAMES CAPERS, KEVIN FEHR, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,179. T - 1:57.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns saved their best for last to finish up a wildly successful six-game road trip. Amare Stoudemire led six players in double figures with 23 points as the Suns used a dominant third quarter to roll to a 108-79 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Phoenix went 5-1 on its season-high road trip, averaging a remarkable 121.0 points in the five wins. The Suns bounced back from their lone loss at Memphis on Tuesday to hand Minnesota its fourth-worst home loss in franchise history. The Timberwolves had their lowest-scoring performance this season, eclipsing an 80-point output against Orlando on January 12. "The Wolves are a good team," Phoenix swingman Quentin Richardson said. "But I don't care who you're playing, 5-1 is a good road series. We got some good roadkill on this trip. We got some bucks, a wolf, a raptor. We missed the bear, though." Stoudemire dominated the second quarter with 14 points, helping the Suns to a 60-45 halftime lead. When the Timberwolves collapsed inside in the second half, Stoudemire's sharpshooting teammates took over. Shawn Marion scored 11 points in the third quarter, hitting three of Phoenix's eight 3-pointers in the period. Richardson and Jim Jackson had two 3-pointers apiece, with Jackson hitting back-to-back from long range late in the quarter to give the Suns their largest lead, 95-55. "We were up 40 and we could have been up 50 or 60, but we took the fourth quarter off," Stoudemire said. Phoenix emptied its bench for the final period and managed just 13 points, long after the game had been decided. "This was a fun game," Richardson said. "Everybody was playing great D, especially on Kevin (Garnett). We were making shots and making plays." It was less fun for the Timberwolves, whose starters were outscored, 88-48. "Tonight there was one team that was playing loose and making plays and one that was just out there," Minnesota guard Troy Hudson said. "You can't do that against a team like Phoenix. They thrive when they play fast and loose and they're too good to let them play their game." Marion scored 19 points, Richardson added 17 and Steve Nash 15 and 11 assists for Phoenix, which returns home to face New York on Saturday. The Timberwolves trailed, 49-39, in the second quarter when guard Sam Cassell left with a bruised right shoulder. He did not return and his team was unable to rally without him. Garnett scored a career-high 47 points in the last meeting between the teams - a 122-115 win for the Suns on January 4 - but was held to 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting in this one. "We wanted to run at (Garnett) and get the ball out of his hands," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "His energy is crucial for the Wolves. We know that if we make others shoot, they're going to have to hit a lot of jumpers to beat us, because we know we're going to score a lot of points." "It felt like high school out there tonight," said Garnett, who grabbed 13 rebounds. "I haven't been triple-teamed that many times since then. But it's my job to fight through and still lead the team. We'll get it turned around; we're still a confident team." Garnett has scored a combined 27 points on 13-of-29 shooting in his last two games, both losses. "(Garnett) is a great player, but his team is struggling now, and he can't do it all by himself," Suns center Steven Hunter said. "But tonight it didn't seem like he had the passion for the game that he has had in the past. He just wasn't having any fun." Making his first start since January 12, Wally Szczerbiak scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who were 3-of-21 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 18 times.


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