Suns race to fast start, earn wire-to-wire win over West-leading Timberwolves

Published April 6, 2024, 1:10 PMNBA.com Philippines Staff

With five games left, the Phoenix Suns need every single dub they can to avoid the Play-In Tournament in a tight Western Conference playoff race.

Grayson Allen and Kevin Durant starred in this latest Suns dub.

Grayson Allen returned and scored 23 points, whileKevin Durant added 22, as the Phoenix Suns rolled past the West-leaders Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-87, for a third straight win. 


 The @suns pick up their 3rd W in a row 🏜?🔥

Allen, the league’s top three point shooter with a 46.9 percent clip, missed the Suns’ 122-101 rout against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a left hip soreness and returned like he never missed a beat.

The former Duke Blue Devil had four triples overall with this booming triple punctuating a 13-0 Phoenix start.

The Suns ended that opening stretch on a 15-0 blitz and never looked back.

Durant added six rebounds and six dimes, including this go-ahead pass to Bol Bol for an easy slam, on top of ultra-efficient 64 percent shooting.

Devin Booker (13 points,13 assists) and Jusuf Nurkic (11 points, 15 rebounds) each added double-double outings with Bradley Beal adding 14 as all Suns starters scored in double figures.

Phoenix raced to an early 15-0 start in the opening frame, led by as many as 23 points, and never looked back to improve to 24-14 at home.

KD breaks out the Dirk to extend the Suns lead 🔥 pic.twitter.com/HcRYWkHvAX

Meanwhile, Anthony Edwards top scored the Timberwolves behind a 17-point night but struggled offensively, just making six of his 19 shots, Nickell Alexander-Walker was the only other Timberwolves player in double figures with 13 points.

Ant-Man throws it DOWN 😤 pic.twitter.com/CH45gD24XK

Minnesota scored the final 13 points of the game after being down 97-74, to make the final score closer.

Karl-Anthony Towns (left meniscus tear)m who last played March 4, still is unavailable for the Timberwolves. Both squads will meet for the last time on the final day of the regular season in Minnesota. T

he win enabled Phoenix (46-31) to stay within the Wes top 6 and built a one game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans (45-32), who lost earlier against the San Antonio Spurs.

Despite the loss, the Timberwolves are still tied with the defending champ Denver Nuggets (53-24) for the best record in the West with the third running OKC Thunder (53-25) just one game behind.