Timberwolves 82, Suns 73
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Terrell Brandon scored 26 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fourth straight victory, 82-73 over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
The Suns, who trailed 57-52 going into the fourth quarter, tied the game at 67-67 on Rodney Rogers’ 3-pointer with 5:19 remaining. The Timberwolves took the lead for good, 72-71, on a jump shot by Brandon with 3:19 left.
The loss was the Suns’ third in a row without All-Star point guard Jason Kidd, who is skipping their six-game road trip to mend his relationship with his wife. Kidd was arrested last week on a misdemeanor assault charge accusing him of hitting her at their suburban Phoenix home.
Phoenix also was without Tom Gugliotta, who missed his third consecutive game because of a family emergency, and Anfernee Hardaway, who is on the injured list because of a knee injury.
The Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Suns were led by Shawn Marion, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Elliott Perry, who made his third start in place of Kidd after signing a 10-day contract last Wednesday, had 10 points in the first half but was scoreless in the second.
The Timberwolves were outscored 14-2 in the final six minutes of the first quarter, which ended with the Suns leading 21-13. That was the Wolves’ fewest points in a first period this season.
Notes: Before Tuesday’s game, the Suns had scored at least 87 points in every game they had played against Minnesota. ... The Wolves’ Chauncey Billups missed his third game because of a sprained ankle. ... The Wolves (25-18) improved to seven games over .500 for first time this season. ... Former Minnesota Twins baseball star Kirby Puckett was given a standing ovation in his first trip to the Target Center since being voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.