Suns survive OT for 84-83 win over Wolves
Phoenix cost coach Alvin Gentry his job on Jan. 22 and hasn't been any better under Hunter. With Sunday's 10-point loss to San Antonio, the Suns had lost 11 of 16 under Hunter, falling 21½ games behind the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers.
They played like last-place teams at the start, too.
Minnesota had five turnovers and missed three of four shots in the first 3 minutes. Phoenix opened 2 for 10 and had four turnovers.
It got only marginally better the rest of the quarter as they traded turnovers and missed shots.
How bad was it? The Suns matched a season low in the first quarter and still led 16-15.
"We started off slow again," Williams said. "We're not making shots like we know we can."
Phoenix at least got better. Minnesota didn't, at least not until later.
The Suns' reserves opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run as the Timberwolves missed 10 straight shots and threw a pass that ended up in the stands next to their bench.
Even after making a few shots in the final 90 seconds, Minnesota was 13 for 44 — 1 for 10 from 3-point range — and had six shots blocked. Williams had 13 of its 33 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
Once the third quarter started, the Suns started throwing the ball away and missing shots.
Minnesota opened the second half with a 10-4 run and cut Phoenix's lead to 55-51 on a hard drive by Williams with 2 minutes left. The Suns made 5 of 20 shots and had seven turnovers in an 11-point third quarter.
The Suns turned it on again to open the fourth quarter, going up 68-55 on a 3-pointer by Markieff Morris. Minnesota fought back with a 16-3 run, tying it at 71-all on Barea's 3-pointer from the corner with 4 1-2 minutes left, setting up the close finish that Phoenix pulled out.
"It feels great," said Dragic, who had 10 points and seven assists. "I mean, we get a win."
Notes: Minnesota F Andrei Kirilenko limped off in the first quarter with a left calf strain and didn't return. He missed five games with a strained right quadriceps before playing the past four games. ... The Suns have won 11 of 13 in the series. ... Minnesota's previous season low for the first half was 37 against Memphis on Feb. 10. ... Phoenix hadn't won at home since Jan. 30 against the Lakers.
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