Wins on the road have been harder to come by for the Phoenix Suns than spelling floccinaucinihilipilification, and today's afternoon game proved no exception. The Suns extended their road losing streak to 10 games while helping the Minnesota Timberwolves snap their 9-game losing streak by dropping this game 117-87.
The Suns stayed close for most of the first half, led by Brandon Knight's 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Markieff Morris' 12 points, but Minnesota took advantage of another end-of-half lull by Phoenix with a 9-2 run over the final 2:19 to turn a 49-46 lead into a 58-48 halftime advantage. Andrew Wiggins had 16 of his 18 points in the first half as the Timberwolves shot 58.3 percent from the field.
For the Suns, the 30-point loss was their largest to the Timberwolves since a 31-point loss on Mar. 22, 2013. Brandon Knight led Phoenix with 20 points, but that was cancelled out by Mirza Teletovic's off game (2 points, 1-7 FGs). It didn't help that the Suns missed 11 of their 25 free throws and only made three 3-pointers, although the biggest culprit in this loss was still defense. Phoenix allowed Minnesota to shoot 56.5 percent from the field and make seven 3-pointers. They also sent Minnesota to the free throw line 40 times, where they sank 32.
Minnesota put seven players in double figures, with Wiggins and Ricky Rubio leading the balanced scoring with 18 points apiece.