Tuesday , Mar , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Suns try again to clinch Pacific title against Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves both try
and halt two-game losing streaks, as they square off tonight at US Airways
Center.

A win for the Suns would give them their third straight Pacific Division
crown. Phoenix is 4 1/2 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the top spot in
the Western Conference.

Phoenix opens a short two-game homestand. On Saturday, Allen Iverson poured in
44 points and dished out 15 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a convincing
131-107 victory over the Suns at the Pepsi Center.

Leandro Barbosa scored 25 points for the Suns, while reigning MVP Steve Nash
scored 15 points and tallied 10 assists for Phoenix, which has lost two
straight after a six-game winning streak.

The Suns are 26-7 at home this season. They will host Mike Bibby and the
Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

The Timberwolves are 2 1/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Minnesota plays the third of a five-game road trip. Superstar Kobe Bryant
followed up his 65-point performance by pouring in 50 points as the Los
Angeles Lakers beat the Timberwolves, 109-102, on Sunday at the Staples
Center.

Ricky Davis scored 33 points in the loss to the Lakers for the Timberwolves,
who have lost four of their last five games overall. All-Star Kevin Garnett
had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost 10 straight
road games.

Mike James added 18 points and 11 assists against the Lakers for Minnesota,
which has not won on the road since defeating the Clippers on January 27th at
the Staples Center.

The Timberwolves are 9-24 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit
the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday and the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday.

PHO MIN