Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Sunday, November 1st
Timberwolves112Final
Suns120
Game 2: Friday, November 27th
Suns120Final
Timberwolves95
Game 3: Tuesday, March 16th
Timberwolves114Final
Suns152
Game 4: Sunday, March 28th
Suns111Final
Timberwolves105

Timberwolves 114

(14-54, 5-29 away)

Suns 152

(42-26, 26-9 home)

    Coverage: FSAZHD

    10:00 PM ET, March 16, 2010

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 33 28 27 26114
    PHX 38 41 35 38152

    Top Performers

    Min: C. Brewer 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl

    PHX: J. Richardson 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Suns set season scoring mark, hand Timberwolves 10th straight defeat

    Associated Press

    PHOENIX -- It's an NBA law of physics: Put the highest-scoring team in the league against arguably the worst defense and watch the scoreboard light up like the Fourth of July.

    Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Amare Stoudemire 25, then sat with the rest of the Phoenix starters while the Suns' reserves finished off a 152-114 rout of Minnesota on Monday night in the highest-scoring game by an NBA team this season.

    Lou Amundson matched his career high with 20 points as Phoenix sent the Timberwolves to their 10th straight loss and 16th in the last 17 games.

    The Suns, with eight players in double figures, shot 56 percent from the field and 15 of 31 from 3-point range to win their ninth in 12 games.

    Fast Facts

    • The Suns' 152 points are the most scored by any team this season and tied a U.S. Airways Center record originally set by the SuperSonics in January 2006.

    • The Suns are the second team in the last 10 years to score 35-plus points in every quarter of a game (Nuggets vs. SuperSonics, March 16, 2008).

    • The Suns have won 10 of their last 13 games overall and six of their last seven against the Timberwolves.

    • Minnesota dropped its 10th straight game, extending the longest active losing streak in the league.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "We're just trying to gear up for the last 15 games," Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry said, "have a pace that we're comfortable with."

    Corey Brewer scored 21 for the Timberwolves, who set a franchise record for most points allowed in a game.

    "Well, that's certainly what happens when you don't play any defense," Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said.

    Phoenix pulled alone into sixth place in the tight scramble for playoff positioning in the West. The Suns trail No. 5 Oklahoma City by a half-game and No. 4 Utah by 1 1/2 games. It was a perfect night to rest the starters in preparation for Friday night's home game against the Jazz.

    "And you know that will be a physical game," Gentry said.

    This one certainly wasn't.

    "It was a lot of fun," Stoudemire said. "It was so much fun when the starters were able to rest there in the fourth. We'll take that."

    Richardson, who scored 15 in the first quarter, matched his season high with six 3-pointers. Steve Nash had 13 points and 14 assists, nine of them in the opening period.

    The game matched two of the bottom three teams in terms of points allowed this season. The difference was the Suns have a lot more scorers than woeful Minnesota does.

    "We weren't making that effort. They were playing a lot harder than we were," Rambis said. "With a team that is in synch the way that they're in, they understand how to move the basketball, the know where their options and their outlet passes are. They're just too good."

    It was not the first time this kind of thing happened to Minnesota. The Timberwolves had matched a franchise record by giving up 146 points in a 41-point loss to Golden State last Nov. 9.

    "It's just embarrassing to let a team score that many points and still lose by that many points," Minnesota's Ryan Gomes said.

    The Suns overwhelmed the Timberwolves' ever-shaky defense to take a 79-61 halftime lead. It was the second-most points scored in a half in the NBA this season, eclipsed only by the 80-point second half for Milwaukee against Golden State on Nov. 14.

    Phoenix hadn't scored this many in a half since getting 80 in the second half in its 154-point game at Golden State almost exactly a year ago, on March 15, 2009.

    The Suns shot 67 percent in the first half (33 of 49), led by Richardson's 21 points, including 5 of 6 3-pointers. Nash had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 11 assists in the first half.

    Richardson made two 3s and Nash one in the final two minutes of the half as the Suns twice built a 20-point lead before Jonny Flynn's baseline jumper at the buzzer made it 79-61. The lead reached 29 in the third quarter and a whopping 41 in the fourth.

    Leandro Barbosa returned to the Suns after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his right wrist and missing 23 games. He had seven points in 16 minutes.

    Game notes


    The Timberwolves have given up 120 or more points 14 times this season. ... The Suns guaranteed their sixth consecutive winning season. ... Brewer had a powerhouse dunk over 7-footer Robin Lopez in the second quarter. ... Phoenix got its fourth 70-point half of the season. ... The Suns' Grant Hill showed no ill effects from banging the back of his head on the court in Saturday's win over New Orleans.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    PHX
    Points 114 152
    FGM-FGA 42-91 (.462) 55-98 (.561)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 15-31 (.484)
    FTM-FTA 23-31 (.742) 27-29 (.931)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 16-47
    Assists 18 37
    Turnovers 13 7
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 21 34
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 41

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    Phoenix
    Corey Brewer Brewer
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0