The Phoenix Suns won a close game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Wednesday night, 107-100.
Below were our live updates for the game. You can also view how fans saw the game through our open forum.
FINAL: #Suns 107— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Suns get a big win over Minnesota, which was No. 7 in the West entering tonight’s game. PHX has the tiebreaker b/t the teams with 3 wins in 4 meetings this season.
Suns are 41-35 and one-half of a game above the Clippers for the No. 4 seed.
— 1:10 left: The Suns are up, 101-97.
There was just a crazy sequence in which Ayton was blocked, the Suns forced a loose ball and then fired an outlet pass to Paul, who missed a layup. Minnesota will have the ball when action returns.
— 3:21 left: The Suns lead the Timberwolves, 99-94.
Durant is set to check back in after the Suns’ timeout. Towns just hit a 3-pointer to cut Phoenix’s lead from eight to five.
— 5:29 left: Torrey Craig had an offensive rebound and putback that forced a Minnesota timeout. It’s Chris Paul, Booker, Josh Okogie, Craig and Ayton on the floor for the Suns.
— 6:42 left: The Suns lead the Timberwolves 92-89.
Minnesota started the quarter on a 10-3 run but the Suns have scored eight of the last 13 points. Durant checked out with 7:36 left and may return. He’s at 25 minutes and is on an undisclosed restriction.
Book. Bucket. Foul.— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 30, 2023
27 and counting for @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/ixN02YeJNB
END 3Q: #Suns 81— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Minnesota went on a 9-2 run to start the quarter but Phoenix outscored it 30-14 the rest of the way.
The Suns went on a 12-5 run to end the period. Still have a sizable lead in points in the paint (44 to 30).
Stats through 3: pic.twitter.com/KIhXuLURE4
BIZ PUTBACK! pic.twitter.com/5U3GOspVTA— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 30, 2023
— 3:43 left: The Suns lead the Timberwolves 68-66.
Kevin Durant is now the Suns’ second player in double figures in scoring (10) on 3-of-12 shooting with five rebounds and three assists.— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
— 9:26 left: The Timberwolves lead the Suns 60-50 with 9:26 left in the third quarter.
Phoenix has not scored in the last 1:27 as Minnesota is on a 9-2 run. The Suns are shooting 22-of-58 (37.9 percent) from the field and 2-of-10 (20 percent) from 3-point range.
HALFTIME:— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Timberwolves 51 #Suns 48
The Timberwolves are controlling the glass (33-25), which has been a key stat so far.
MIN has 11 second-chance points compared to the Suns’ 2 and 13-12 edge in bench points. Suns have 30-18 edge in points in the paint.
— 2:38 left: The Suns lead the Timberwolves 44-41.
KD's first field goal on the home hardwood. pic.twitter.com/sSt4kPV2wU— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 30, 2023
Durant scored his first field goal at home for the Suns. He has three points on 1-of-8 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes.
“What you shaking your head for? It’s part of it. Greatness doesn’t shake his head”— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 30, 2023
Monty Williams has some wise words of encouragement after Kevin Durant gets off to a slow start in his Suns home debut pic.twitter.com/qdgHuESXjE
Phoenix is shooting 20-of-49 (40.8 percent) from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point range. Minnesota is shooting 16-of-42 (38.1 percent) from the field and 5-of-15 from three.
Booker leads the Suns with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Okogie has six, and the Suns’ bench has 12 points so far compared to Minnesota’s nine.
Towns has 14 points to lead he Timberwolves. The Suns are outscoring Minnesota in the paint, 30-14, but the Timberwolves have 11 second-chance points compared to Phoenix’s two.
Kevin Durant scored his first home point with the Suns at the free throw line. Missed the second free throw.— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Now just hit a fadeaway shot over McDaniels, missed his next attempt. Three points on 1-of-8 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.
Durant took McDaniels to the rim and was fouled. On his way to likely score his first home points as a Sun, Durant received somewhat of an ovation before a timeout.— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Timberwolves lead the #Suns 36-35 with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
KD just crossed up Jaden McDaniels but did not receive a foul call when he appeared to get hit on a floater.— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Then missed a jumper off a baseline out of bounds play. 0-of-5 from the field
— END Q1: The Suns lead the Timberwolves 25-24.
End Q1: #Suns 25— Trevor Booth (@TrevorMBooth) March 30, 2023
Kevin Durant did not score in his first quarter at home but the Suns had a solid shooting period (12-of-23). They are 1-of-4 from 3, however.
Devin Booker has nine points to lead the Suns, who have an 18-10 edge in points in the paint. pic.twitter.com/IhRFZkxiym
— 3:05 left: The Suns lead the Timberwolves, 21-16.
Okogie just had a breakaway dunk that forced a Minnesota timeout. Phoenix is on an 11-4 run as it is now shooting 10-of-16 from the field. The Suns have assisted five of those shots.
Phoenix has 16 points in the paint compared to Minnesota’s six. Devin Booker has nine points to lead the Suns followed by Okogie’s six.
Towns has six points to lead Minnesota.
This is why they call him non-stop.— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 30, 2023
Josh Okogie just keeps on going! pic.twitter.com/yqpcYfcc0J
— Suns backup forward Torrey Craig entered the game for Durant after the team’s timeout. Remember, Durant is on a minutes restriction.
— 5:47 left: Timberwolves lead the Suns 12-10.
Durant is yet to score his first points. He is 0-of-2 from the field but has an assist to Ayton.
The Suns are shooting 5-of-11 from the field. Minnesota is shooting 5-of-12 and has two 3-pointers, both of which have come from center Karl Anthony-Towns.
DA hammers it home pic.twitter.com/AvPmHwG6Qr— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 30, 2023
— Kevin Durant missed the first shot of the game. He is being guarded by Anthony Edwards.
Deandre Ayton scored a lob dunk to give the Suns their first points of the game.