Phoenix 107, Minnesota 111

Date - Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #16 David Guthrie, #44 Eli Roe, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 19356

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Phoenix 29 29 29 20 107
Minnesota 32 32 25 22 111

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Phoenix 11-20 9-7 2-13 L5
Minnesota 14-13 9-4 5-9 W1


Timberwolves 111, Suns 107: Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds while Kevin Love and Alexey Shved also recorded double-doubles as host Minnesota defeated Phoenix for just the second time in the last 12 meetings.

Love collected 23 points and 18 rebounds and Shved added 12 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who moved above .500 after snapping a two-game losing streak.

Luis Scola recorded a season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds, Shannon Brown added 21 points and Goran Dragic returned from a one-game absence to secure his third double-double of the season. Dragic finished with 16 points and 12 assists for the Suns, who have dropped five in a row overall and eight straight on the road.

With the teams rapidly exchanging buckets in the fourth quarter, Pekovic answered Scola's 17-foot jumper with a layup to give Minnesota a 107-106 lead with 1:37 remaining.

Shved extended the cushion to three by making three of his final four free throws and Dante Cunningham came up with a steal on an inbound pass with seven seconds left to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota G Brandon Roy once again is experiencing pain in his right knee and will explore additional treatment options. Roy, who has previously retired on one occasion, said that his "goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the court as healthy as possible." ... Minnesota G Ricky Rubio was a late scratch because of back spasms. ... Phoenix's Michael Beasley struggled in his return against his former team. He shot 1-for-8 from the field and finished with two points.

Top Game Performances

Phoenix   Minnesota
Luis Scola 33 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 28
Goran Dragic 12 Assists Alexey Shved 10
Luis Scola 10 Rebounds Kevin Love 18
Goran Dragic 8 Free Throws Made Kevin Love 5
Marcin Gortat 2 Steals Dante Cunningham 1
Marcin Gortat 2 Blocks Nikola Pekovic 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Phoenix 107 46.4 2-17 15-24 29 46 5 7 5
Minnesota 111 50.6 5-18 16-26 27 51 3 2 10

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Utah. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .538 after a loss.
  • Phoenix will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City . The Suns have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .316 after a loss.
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