Wolves record: 14-60
Paul Coro/The Arizona Republic game recap
But Phoenix reminded them that talent and experience come in handy — and that combination, particularly in the form of Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash, led to a 111-105 Suns victory at Target Center, dropping the Wolves to a franchise record-tying 16th consecutive defeat.
"No doubt the losing wears on you," Wolves guard Ramon Sessions said. "We need a win. Nobody in this league is going to feel sorry for us."
The Wolves (14-60) also had 16-game losing streaks in 1991-92 and during a stretch that covered the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. The team has not won since a 91-88 victory at Miami on Feb. 23. Unless the Wolves find a way to beat Sacramento on Wednesday night at Target Center, they will finish 0-14 in March.
From Jim Beilby/NBA.com:
Minnesota kept it close in the first quarter, after which then trailed by one. But the Suns blew the game open in the second quarter, going on a 31-8 run and leading 66-44 at half.
Despite trailing by 25 points, Minnesota slowly chipped away at Phoenix's lead throughout the third quarter and into the fourth. The got as close as 89-88 with 8:30 to play, but Alvin Gentry promptly put Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, and Amar'e Stoudemire back in the game.
"I knew that there would be a reaction from [Minnesota]," Gentry said. "These guys are prideful guys and I knew they were not just going to lay down. Even when we had the big lead, I knew that they were going to keep playing. ...They put themselves in a position to win. We had to have Amar'e have another one of his great games to rescue us."
Kevin Love had 23 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Al Jefferson put up 19 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves on a startling second-half comeback after falling behind by 25 points in the second quarter.
Steve Nash finished with 14 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who have won a season-high seven straight games and 21 of their last 26. That includes a 152-114 beating of Minnesota earlier this month, the most points ever allowed by the Wolves in their 21-year existence and the highest score in the NBA this season.