T-wolves’ Cassell, Garnett end Suns’ streak
=== T-wolves’ Cassell, Garnett end Suns’ streak ===
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Sam Cassell scored 11 of his 19 points in the
fourth quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves cool off the Phoenix Suns,
97-93, at America West Arena.
Kevin Garnett tallied 23 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for the
Timberwolves, who have won four straight. Latrell Sprewell added 22 points and
seven rebounds for Minnesota, which has won five straight against the Suns and
nine of 10 in the series.
Amare Stoudemire recorded 28 points to lead Phoenix, which had a nine-game win
streak and its best start in 24 years halted. Steve Nash added 22 points and
eight assists and Shawn Marion had 21 points and 18 boards, as the Suns failed
to become the first team in NBA history to win 10 straight games after losing
50 or more the season before.
“It’s good that we experienced this early in the season, so that when we get
another tough game like this we’ll be prepared for it,” Stoudemire said.
After the Suns scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to extend to
a 76-69 lead, Cassell took over and sparked a 16-3 run. The point guard scored
the game’s next six points to get the Timberwolves within three 2:48 into the
frame. Later, he capped the run with a jumper midway through the quarter for
an 85-79 lead.
Cassell later extended the Minnesota lead to 94-85 with 1:29 left on a jumper
which put the game out of reach.
“We just wanted to get the game to the fourth quarter — up four, down four,
whatever it may be,” Cassell said. “We like our chances against any team in
the league in that situation.”
Minnesota, which led 50-46 at halftime, is 3-0 on its current four-game road
trip. The Timberwolves shot 8-of-19 from behind the arc, compared to just 2-
of-18 for the Suns.
Phoenix, which fell to 13-3 this season, dropped to 6-2 at home this year.
Joe Johnson had four points and was the only Suns’ starter not to record
double-figures in scoring…Quentin Richardson had 12 points and 11 boards for
Phoenix…Wally Szczerbiak had 14 points for the Timberwolves, who are 6-3 on
the road this season.