Minnesota 99, Phoenix 97

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Wally Szczerbiak scored a season-high 30 points and Kevin Garnett collected 24 and 15 rebounds Sunday as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for their team-record 14th consecutive home victory, a 99-97 triumph over the Phoenix Suns.

Minnesota was barely over .500 on Jan. 17, but has won 14 of its last 17 games due to the re-emergence of its second-best offensive weapon. After playing limited minutes early in the season because of knee and toe injuries, Szczerbiak is averaging 18.5 points in his last 15 contests.


Szczerbiak made 10 of 19 shots from the floor, including three of seven three-pointers, and dished out a season-high eight assists. Garnett made 11 of 19 shots and had six assists as Minnesota won for the ninth time in 10 games.

The Timberwolves reeled off 12 straight points to take a 93-79 lead with 6:20 remaining. Phoenix scored 13 of the game's final 15 points but fell short after rookie Casey Jacobsen missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer from the right corner.

Stephon Marbury collected 32 points and 10 assists against his former team and Shawn Marion added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five of their last six games.


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