Lowly Suns Fall to Wolves, 117-87
The Phoenix Suns headed to frigid Minneapolis, Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves and fell by a final score of 117-87. This was the final game of a three game road trip where the Suns dropped all three games. The Suns were plagued by subpar shooting in every category (43.2% FG, 20% 3PT, 56% FT), while the Timberwolves shot 56% from the field and made 7-18 of their three pointers.
Brandon Knight managed to compile his 20th 20-point game of the season as he finished with exactly 20 points, but only had one assist to go with his six turnovers. Markieff Morris had a solid night on his second game in a row back in the starting lineup. He scored 17 points, brought down eight rebounds, and passed out three assists. Morris also had three steels tonight by getting himself into the passing lanes and keeping his hands busy. Rookie shooting guard Devin Booker chipped in 11 points to be the only other Sun in double figures.
The Timberwolves were led by their young stars early in the game, seeing Ricky Rubio, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins all get off to solid starts. Rubio ended up with 18 points, three assists, and two steals. Towns looks great in his rookie campaign and scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three nice blocks while patrolling the paint. Wiggins put up 18 for the Timberwolves and showed off his athleticism all game.
The Suns looked for Morris to be their leader on offense tonight, feeding him the ball early and often throughout the game. He shot well from the floor on the way to his 17 points, going 7-12 from the field. Phoenix needs Morris to have games like this whenever they end up having to run offense out of the half-court set, as he is the only proficient post-scorer on the team. Whether Morris gets traded or not, it is nice to see the Suns working him back into the rotation.
The Suns head back to Phoenix to start a short three game home stand and take on the Pacers Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:00 MST.