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Wiggins, Timberwolves rally to beat Suns 98-85

PHOENIX (AP) A furious fourth quarter made Minnesota a winner on the road for just the second time this season.

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 and the Timberwolves rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 98-85 on Friday night.

Eric Bledsoe scored 23 for the Suns, who were just back from a six-game road trip.

Minnesota used a 27-6 outburst to quickly erase the Phoenix lead and pull away, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The Timberwolves outscored Phoenix 31-10 in the fourth quarter.

''I think that was our best fourth quarter of the year,'' Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Phoenix's last field goal was Bledsoe's driving layup with 9:06 to play.

The Suns committed a season-high 26 turnovers, resulting in 23 Minnesota points. Phoenix also was just 6 of 26 from 3-point range.

''Turnovers, defense, you know, the whole nine,'' Bledsoe said. ''We did everything possible to lose this game tonight.''

All five Timberwolves starters reached double figures.

''They searched and they searched until they found something that worked,'' Suns coach Earl Watson said, ''and they stayed with it, which was Wiggins in pick-and-roll coverage.''

Brandon Knight added 15 points for Phoenix but only two in the second half. Devin Booker scored 11.

For much of the game, it looked like the Timberwolves were headed for another loss in what has been a disappointing start to the season.

''I think it's just us coming to a point where we didn't want the same story written about us,'' Towns said. ''I think we're all tired of reading the same articles and hearing the same chatter from everyone how our third and fourth quarters are a problem.''

Phoenix led by as many as 11 in the third quarter and was up 77-67 early in the fourth. But the Suns missed four of six free throws while the Timberwolves went on a 16-3 run. Towns grabbed a loose ball and scored inside to cap the surge and give Minnesota an 83-80 lead with 5 1/2 minutes to play.

The Timberwolves stretched it to 90-83 with 3:58 remaining when Wiggins' string of 15 consecutive missed 3-pointers came to an end.

''Things weren't going well in that game,'' Thibodeau said, ''but the fight was there and we just kept working the game and the game turned.''

Phoenix had been in control, although never by much, until its fourth-quarter collapse.

Knight scored the last five points of the half to put Phoenix up 52-47. He made a 3-pointer from the corner as the shot clock expired with 34 seconds left and sank two free throws with 10.6 seconds to play until halftime.

Bledsoe scored all of the Suns' points in a 9-1 third-quarter run. His driving reverse layup capped the spurt and put Phoenix ahead 69-58 with 5:01 left in the quarter. The Suns led 75-67 entering the fourth.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: The Timberwolves missed 14 of their first 15 shots in the second quarter. ... 6-foot-5 guard Zach LaVine had a soaring dunk over 7-1 Alex Len. ... Wiggins and Towns each scored seven in the fourth quarter

Suns: Forward T.J. Warren missed the game with what the team called a mild head injury. ... Watson got his first technical of the season. ... Phoenix has won two in a row for the second time this season.

THREE AMIGOS

For the third game in a row, the Suns started a three-guard lineup that included Bledsoe, Knight and Booker. Phoenix is 1-2 with that trio as starters.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Minnesota wraps up a three-game trip at Golden State on Sunday.

Suns: Phoenix plays a rare afternoon game, hosting Denver on Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
E. Bledsoe
2 PG
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
18.0 Pts. Per Game 18.0
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
5.9 Reb. Per Game 5.9
49.8 Field Goal % 44.8
41.0 Three Point % 27.3
71.7 Free Throw % 77.0
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Knight 0:10
  Tyus Jones missed jump shot 0:12
  Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe 0:28
+ 2 Gorgui Dieng made dunk 0:33
  Offensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng 0:36
  Zach LaVine missed layup 0:38
  Personal foul on Devin Booker 0:48
  Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins 1:00
  Eric Bledsoe missed layup 1:02
  Offensive foul turnover on Andrew Wiggins 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng 1:25
Team Stats
Points 98 85
Field Goals 34-85 (40.0%) 32-79 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 6-26 (23.1%)
Free Throws 23-25 (92.0%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 49 57
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 28 36
Team 10 9
Assists 16 17
Steals 15 11
Blocks 8 6
Turnovers 17 26
Fouls 27 26
Technicals 0 2
22 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 5-10 2918203198
home team logo Suns 5-12 2725231085
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 5-10 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 5-12 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Wiggins SF 18.1 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.5 APG 41.2 FG%
E. Bledsoe PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Wiggins SF 25 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
E. Bledsoe PG 23 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
40.0 FG% 40.5
31.8 3PT FG% 23.1
92.0 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Wiggins 25 5 1 7/18 1/3 10/11 3 41 0 0 2 0 5 0 30
K. Towns 22 10 4 8/19 2/6 4/5 2 35 1 1 4 3 7 0 38
Z. LaVine 13 3 0 6/13 0/3 1/1 5 36 1 0 2 1 2 0 15
R. Rubio 11 1 4 4/7 1/2 2/2 4 25 5 0 5 0 1 0 20
G. Dieng 11 7 2 4/10 1/2 2/2 5 37 3 4 2 4 3 0 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Wiggins 25 5 1 7/18 1/3 10/11 3 41 0 0 2 0 5 0 30
K. Towns 22 10 4 8/19 2/6 4/5 2 35 1 1 4 3 7 0 38
Z. LaVine 13 3 0 6/13 0/3 1/1 5 36 1 0 2 1 2 0 15
R. Rubio 11 1 4 4/7 1/2 2/2 4 25 5 0 5 0 1 0 20
G. Dieng 11 7 2 4/10 1/2 2/2 5 37 3 4 2 4 3 0 27
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Jones 6 2 3 3/6 0/0 0/0 0 19 2 0 0 0 2 0 16
C. Aldrich 4 5 1 0/1 0/0 4/4 3 11 0 1 1 2 3 0 11
N. Bjelica 3 2 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 13 2 1 0 0 2 0 8
K. Dunn 3 0 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 2 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
B. Rush 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
S. Muhammad 0 4 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 1 3 0 4
N. Pekovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 39 16 34/85 7/22 23/25 27 240 15 8 17 11 28 0 175
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Bledsoe 23 6 10 8/15 2/5 5/7 4 34 3 0 7 2 4 0 45
B. Knight 15 4 1 5/12 1/5 4/4 2 28 1 0 0 1 3 0 22
D. Booker 11 2 2 4/10 1/3 2/2 3 33 2 1 4 0 2 0 16
M. Chriss 9 2 2 4/11 0/3 1/2 4 23 2 1 0 0 2 0 18
A. Len 6 11 0 3/6 0/1 0/0 5 29 0 4 7 2 9 0 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Bledsoe 23 6 10 8/15 2/5 5/7 4 34 3 0 7 2 4 0 45
B. Knight 15 4 1 5/12 1/5 4/4 2 28 1 0 0 1 3 0 22
D. Booker 11 2 2 4/10 1/3 2/2 3 33 2 1 4 0 2 0 16
M. Chriss 9 2 2 4/11 0/3 1/2 4 23 2 1 0 0 2 0 18
A. Len 6 11 0 3/6 0/1 0/0 5 29 0 4 7 2 9 0 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Chandler 6 7 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 4 11 0 0 1 3 4 0 12
P. Tucker 4 5 0 1/4 1/2 1/2 1 28 0 0 1 1 4 0 8
J. Dudley 4 6 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 3 20 1 0 1 2 4 0 10
T. Ulis 4 1 1 1/5 0/1 2/2 0 14 1 0 3 0 1 0 5
D. Bender 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/2 0 7 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
L. Barbosa 0 3 1 0/6 0/2 0/0 0 12 1 0 0 1 2 0 6
J. Jenkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 48 17 32/79 6/26 15/21 26 239 11 6 26 12 36 0 159