Green rallies Suns to 104-103 win over Wolves

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 12:53 am •  Published: January 9, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Phoenix Suns did what they've done all season — come from out of nowhere to win a game it appeared they had lost.

After Goran Dragic and the Suns burned the Minnesota Timberwolves with a stunning comeback, Kevin Love torched some of his teammates.

Dragic had 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Gerald Green's baseline jumper with 3.9 seconds completed a rally from six points down with less than two minutes to play in a 104-103 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

The Suns (21-13) closed the game on a 7-0 run for maybe their most improbable win in a season full of them. Channing Frye scored 22 points and hit five 3-pointers and Green finished with 14 points for Phoenix, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back and is still missing starting guard Eric Bledsoe.

"We just have confidence in each other and I think we just want to continue to play our way of basketball," Frye said.

The Timberwolves have no such thing right now.

Kevin Martin scored 20 points, but his runner at the buzzer clanked off the rim. Nikola Pekovic and Love combined to shoot 10 for 36 and the Timberwolves failed to get over .500 on their seventh straight try.

They are 0-10 in games decided by four points or less this season, but the thing that troubled Love most was seeing J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham sulking at the end of the bench in the final quarter.

"We all need to be in this together," Love said. "That kind of (ticks) me off. We're supposed to be a team."

Love didn't call out either veteran by name, but the body language for Barea and Cunningham in the fourth made them easily identifiable.

"If and when I did that last year when maybe I didn't sit out for the game for all 48 minutes and so on and so forth, they would have killed me," Love said, referring to him missing many games last year with a broken hand. "They would've aired me out. That's tough. It's two guys that we expect more from them. I think they expect more from themselves."

The Wolves led by nine with 4:16 to play and were up 103-97 with 1:36 to go. But as is usual in this unlikely season in Phoenix, the Suns never gave in. P.J. Tucker hit two free throws, Dragic scored off a steal, Markieff Morris hit another freebie and Green, the former Timberwolves flop, hit a jumper with the shot clock winding down to seal it.



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