The Suns and Wolves traded shots and scoring runs all night long, especially in the fourth quarter with neither team getting to hold a lead.
Andrew Wiggins made 1 of 2 free throws with 12.1 seconds left to put the Wolves up 110-109, leaving the Suns with as chance for the last shot of the game.
Then P.J. Tucker drew the foul on a layup on a great setup from Bledsoe and drained both to give the SUNS a 111-110 lead with 6.3 seconds left.
Now it’s up to the Suns defense.
P.J. Tucker played GREAT defense, not giving Andrew Wiggins any room to shoot, but a little stumble by Wiggins (and maybe a little separation), Wiggins rose up and scored on a mid-range jumper to win the game.
Wolves win 112-111. Wiggins with the winner at the buzzer.
Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 17 huge rebounds. Devin Booker had 26 points and 4 assists. Eric Bledsoe had a tough shooting night (5/18) but scored 18 and dished 7.
The Suns opened the game with a turnover on an attempted post pass to Chandler, and then a successful (but fouled) pick and roll to Chandler off a nice offensive adjustment to Minnesota’s defense.
The Wolves started hot, attacking the rim and making getting the Suns defense into bad spots to take a 14-5 lead.
Watson subbed Chriss (2 fouls) for Alex Len to combat the Wolves’ Dieng and Towns better, and the Suns went quickly on a 15-2 run to take a 20-16 lead. Bledsoe had 7 points during the run.
Alex Len played well as the second big, scoring 4 points at the rim (one goal on a great one-handed Bledsoe feed that looked awesome) and grabbing 4 rebounds in his first 7 minutes.
After scoring the Wolves first 12 points, Towns and Wiggins didn’t score at during (and hardly touched the ball) during the Suns comeback. Towns had a harder time getting open against Chandler and Len.
After one, the Suns led 27-23. Bledsoe had 7, Booker and Chandler had 6 each. Chandler and Len had 5 dunks between them.
The second unit came out strong, getting the team up 34-23 before the Wolves scored - and that was on second-chance given by the refs on an out of bounds call.
It was fun watching Tyler Ulis against Kris Dunn. Dunn was a mess (0-4 shooting), while Ulis was in his grille on one end and made an open three on the other.
The Wolves went on a small run to pull within 38-33 on a series of Suns misses, including a failed alley-oop to Brandon Knight with Zach LaVine on him.
The Wolves, behind Muhammad, just kept coming and eventually took the lead before the Suns starters could get their footing again.
Bledsoe’s passing helped the Suns take a 53-48 lead, but then the Suns got sloppy, missed a few shots while the Wolves got out in the open court for some early offense for an 8-0 run the other way.
The Wolves finished the half on a 11-3 run to take a 59-56 lead.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Muhammad each had 15 points at halftime (Shabazz 6-7 from the field, including 2 threes).
For the Suns, Bledsoe and Booker combined for 23 points and 6 assists, while no one else had more than Chandler’s 8.
Seems like the first team that decides to play defense might win this game.
The Wolves came out attacking the rim, and the Suns just couldn't stop it. Marquese Chriss picked another pair of fouls to start the second half to match his pair from the first half.
The Suns were quickly down 68-60 on a string of mishaps, starting with T.J. Warren hesitations (and not the good kind). The Suns were called for two offensive fouls on driving layups, which didn't help either.
Bledsoe picked up his 4th foul on one such call, and Tyler Ulis quickly came in to spell him. Suns down 70-62. The Suns were scuttling at this point, with Tyson Chandler their 3rd leading scorer (12) at halfway through the 3rd quarter.
The Wolves run stretched to 11-2 before Watson called another timeout to talk it over. The Suns just weren’t stopping the Wolves from anything they were trying to do.
At the end of three, the Suns were down 87-79. Not their best defensive effort.
They started the quarter on a 7-3 run, including consecutive steals by P.J. Tucker and 5 points by Alex Len on pick-and-roll finishes. Nice to see these things again.
Then P.J. Tucker just basically took turns shutting off the post from Towns to stopping entry passes to Muhammad.
But the crowd didn’t come to their feet until Devin Booker made back-to-back threes (one was called a two later) to bring the crowd to their feet. And they were on their feet before the ball even hit the net.
Suns up 93-92 on Booker’s run.
The Wolves didn’t go away, scoring on a lot of isolations by Wiggins but the Suns didn’t go away either.
Tied 104 with 2:40 to go before Wiggins made a broken-play three, followed by a Chandler putback to keep the Suns in it. Still the Wolves kept scoring, this time with a Dieng banker.
Eric Bledsoe had a pair of three-point plays to help the Suns tie it up at 109 with a minute left.
Andrew Wiggins made a free throw to put the Wolves up 110-109 with 12.1 seconds to play.
Time for a last-second shot!!