NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 8th
(All times Eastern)
Phoenix Suns (20-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (17-17), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves got back to .500 in a
resounding way and will try to keep the good play going Wednesday night when
they host the Phoenix Suns.
The Wolves demolished the Philadelphia 76ers, 126-95, on Monday night in the
City of Brotherly Love. That gave them two wins in their last three and four
in the past six.
"Just a really solid win for us. We came out at the start of the game and
played well all the way through," said Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman.
"We did a pretty good job of keeping them in the halfcourt and passed the ball
and shot the ball well."
Kevin Love poured in a game-high 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had
four assists to lead the Timberwolves. Kevin Martin scored 18, Corey Brewer
and Nikola Pekovic added 15 and 16 points, respectively, while the latter had
14 rebounds for Minnesota. J.J. Barea scored 13 points and Alexey Shved and
Dante Cunningham contributed 10 points apiece for the visitors.
The Wolves only shot 46 percent from the field compared to 61.5 percent from
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute missed the past two games due to a strained left
groin suffered Jan. 1 vs. New Orleans, and is listed as questionable for
The Suns embarked on a five-game road trip Tuesday and started it on the wrong
foot with a 92-87 loss to the depleted Chicago Bulls. It was Phoenix's second
loss in its last three.
Goran Dragic scored a game-high 21 points and Gerald Green added 15 on 3-
for-10 shooting from 3-pount range. Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee added 11
points and seven rebounds apiece for the Suns, while Ish Smith chipped in 10
off the bench.
"They run a unique offense, they know us so well and they know where guys are
going to shoot from. It was an advantage. It was different for us. I was kind
of guessing a bit," Plumlee said.
The Suns shot a dismal 26 percent from long range to fall to 8-8 on the road
The Wolves took three of four last season from the Suns and have won four of
the last six in this series. Phoenix has lost two straight in Minnesota, but
had won the six previous encounters there.
01/08 10:21:46 ET