Monday , Jan , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 26

=== Phoenix Suns Team Report – January 26 ===

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns continued to struggle on Sunday, as they
found themselves on the wrong end of a 99-95 decision to the red-hot
Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Shawn Marion netted a team-high 31 points and pulled down 13 boards for the
Suns, who lost for the third straight game overall and dropped their seventh
straight contest at Minnesota.

Joe Johnson added 22 points, while Jake Voskuhl pitched in 10.

Phoenix fired up several three-point tries in the final moments, but all
came up short and the Suns were forced to foul. Fred Hoiberg added a free
throw in addition to Sam Cassell’s six foul shots in the last 30 seconds to
keep the Suns from pulling off a last-second victory.

The Suns were again without reigning Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire,
who sat out his fourth straight game with a bad ankle. He has played just 23
games this season and could miss the team’s entire five-game road trip.

Phoenix, which will wind down its trek with stops in Indiana, Washington and
New York, has dropped six of its last eight on the road and is 5-18 away
from home this season.

The Suns return to action on Tuesday against Atlanta.