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Suns overcome 22-point deficit to beat Timberwolves

Mar 23, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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A recent slide saw the Suns fall out of the playoff picture, after putting together a surprising start that had kept them in the West’s top eight all season long.

Every win is critical now as they attempt to climb back into it, and Phoenix managed to win its third straight on Sunday, a 127-20 triumph over the Timberwolves that now has them within a half-game of returning to the postseason race.

Minnesota got off to an incredibly strong start offensively, building a first-half lead of as many as 22 points while putting 73 on the scoreboard in the game’s first 24 minutes.

But the Suns clamped down defensively in the second half, and had cut the lead to just 10 by the time the fourth quarter began. From there, the activity level increased even more, and Phoenix held their opponent to just 5-of-21 shooting in the final period, while forcing six turnovers and outscoring Minnesota 34-17 over the final 12 minutes.

Kevin Love put up video game numbers as usual, finishing with 36 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. But he was just 2-of-8 in the fourth as the game was slipping away, and committed a key turnover with under a minute to play that hurt his team’s chances.

Markieff Morris led the way for Phoenix off the bench with 25 points and eight rebounds, while the Suns put together a typically balanced attack that saw six players finish in double figures.

The playoffs are within reach for Phoenix, with just two and a half games separating them from the sixth seed in the West. The Suns would prefer not to have to put together miraculous comebacks on the road to get there, but it’s good to know that they can overcome this type of adversity when absolutely necessary.

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Who give a rip anymore. We just want above 30 degree weather for christ sake! And oh yeah we need to deal k love this off season or we will have NOTHING to show for it!

  2. spyder9669 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    This has got to be the 5th or 6th time at least that Phoenix has come back from 20 down this year. Very impressive but holy hell can we just play a normal game already???

  3. void96eater - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Don’t sleep on the Suns. They can easily be that 7th or 8th seed that NO ONE wants to play. This team has serious heart.

    • abchome - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      LoL every fringe playoffs team or lower seed wants to claim “the team no one wants to play”.

    • bhunter1995 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Every 8th seed team in the west will be “a team no one wants to play” for the foreseeable future. The 8th seed in the west would be the fourth or fifth seed in the east, the west is a very strong conferance and even + .500 teams miss the playoffs on a regular basis.

  4. nickjackalson - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    still the lakeshow can´t buy a title

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