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Booker, Warren score 35 apiece, Suns beat Timberwolves

PHOENIX (AP) The two players counted on most by the young Phoenix Suns both had their game in high gear on Saturday night.

The result was an end to the Suns' five-game losing streak.

Devin Booker and T.J. Warren scored 35 points apiece and the Suns pulled away over the final four minutes to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-110.

''When they're both rolling, it's going to be a good night for us,'' Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said.

Booker scored nine in the Suns' decisive 21-7 run over the final 3:50. Just past his 21st birthday, Booker loves to have the ball down the stretch of a close one.

''Winning time, that's what we called it at Kentucky,'' he said, ''time to lock in defensively, help each other out. And we did that.''

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called Booker and Warren ''tough matchups.''

''We've got to give the appropriate help, step behind them,'' he said, ''and you can't give guys like that room, and we did.''

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Jimmy Butler had 25 in Minnesota's second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.

''We scored, we just couldn't stop them,'' Thibodeau said. ''We just kept on trading buckets. Then we got the lead, then we gave it away.''

In a back-and-forth second half, Phoenix took control with a late 14-0 burst.

Booker scored seven points in the streak and capped the outburst with a pass to Marquese Chriss, who sank a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Suns a 111-103 lead with 51.2 seconds to go.

Booker scored just nine points of 3-of-10 shooting in Phoenix's loss to Orlando on Friday night but came back strong.

''He is such a gifted player,'' Triano said. ''We're just trying to create different ways for him to have the ball. We know he's good enough to make plays for other people, he's good enough to score. I think the biggest thing that we've been preaching is how well he defends.''

Chriss was the only other Phoenix scorer in double figures with 13 and blocked five shots. His most memorable block came on Wiggins' dunk attempt midway through the fourth quarter.

''It kind of sticks in people's heads,'' Chriss said of the impact of his shot-blocking ability. ''It's not going to be an easy layup this time.''

A 19-4 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth gave the Timberwolves a 94-87 lead on Shabazz Muhammad's basket with 9:47 to play. But the Suns scored the next 10 to go up 97-94 after Warren's 17-footer with 6:53 left.

Minnesota responded with a 9-0 spurt and Jeff Teague's 3-pointer put the Timberwolves up 103-97 with 4:46 to go. Minnesota went four minutes before its next score.

Neither team had a double-digit lead all night with the Timberwolves, who never trailed in the first half, up 60-57 at the break.

Chriss sank a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to tie it at 61 and, after Chriss' block of Karl Anthony-Townes' shot led to Warren's breakaway dunk, Phoenix led 83-75 with 4:06 to play in the third.

Minnesota called a timeout, then went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter to lead 88-85 entering the fourth.

BUDDIES

Anthony-Towns and Booker are friends and former teammates at Kentucky. They also are the top two scorers out of the 2010 draft. It's one of four draft classes in NBA history where the top two scorers were college teammates. Towns had 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.

Towns was not surprised by Booker's late-game heroics.

''We knew he was going to come aggressive after last night,'' Towns said, ''and he was hitting shots. That's what he does.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota hadn't played since a loss at Golden State on Wednesday while Phoenix was playing on back-to-back nights. ... The Timberwolves swept the three-game series with Phoenix last season. ... Minnesota lost despite a 19-7 advantage on the offensive boards.

Suns: Tyson Chandler played after missing the previous two games with back spasms. ... Phoenix improved to 1-3 on a season-long six-game homestand. ... Tyler Ulis started at point guard for first time this season, replacing Mike James.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
D. Booker
1 G
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
21.3 Pts. Per Game 21.3
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
53.4 Field Goal % 44.8
53.7 Three Point % 43.9
87.3 Free Throw % 90.4
+ 1 Devin Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:00
+ 1 Devin Booker made 1st of 2 free throws 0:00
  Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Devin Booker 0:05
  Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Karl-Anthony Towns 0:12
+ 2 Taj Gibson made dunk 0:13
  Offensive rebound by Jimmy Butler 0:13
  Jimmy Butler missed driving layup 0:14
Team Stats
Points 110 118
Field Goals 39-96 (40.6%) 46-86 (53.5%)
3-Pointers 4-20 (20.0%) 10-26 (38.5%)
Free Throws 28-35 (80.0%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 55 57
Offensive 19 7
Defensive 28 39
Team 8 11
Assists 16 21
Steals 12 4
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 11 18
Fouls 21 25
Technicals 1 0
25 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
35 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 7-5 28322822110
home team logo Suns 5-9 19372933118
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 7-5 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Suns 5-9 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Wiggins F 17.7 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.0 APG 43.8 FG%
D. Booker G 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.7 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Wiggins F 27 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
D. Booker G 35 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
40.6 FG% 53.5
20.0 3PT FG% 38.5
80.0 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 38 27 1 0 2 0 0 0 10/22 1/3 6/7 0 1 30 -3
J. Butler 40 25 7 5 1 1 3 2 5/17 1/3 14/16 5 2 41 -9
K. Towns 38 17 12 2 1 2 0 5 8/19 1/5 0/0 5 7 36 -27
T. Gibson 36 16 11 0 2 0 0 4 6/11 0/2 4/6 5 6 29 -5
J. Teague 30 8 5 5 4 1 6 4 3/10 1/3 1/2 1 4 22 -23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 38 27 1 0 2 0 0 0 10/22 1/3 6/7 0 1 30 -3
J. Butler 40 25 7 5 1 1 3 2 5/17 1/3 14/16 5 2 41 -9
K. Towns 38 17 12 2 1 2 0 5 8/19 1/5 0/0 5 7 36 -27
T. Gibson 36 16 11 0 2 0 0 4 6/11 0/2 4/6 5 6 29 -5
J. Teague 30 8 5 5 4 1 6 4 3/10 1/3 1/2 1 4 22 -23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Muhammad 8 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 3/5 0/1 3/4 0 2 11 0
N. Bjelica 19 6 7 1 1 0 1 3 3/7 0/3 0/0 2 5 15 +17
T. Jones 17 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 +15
J. Crawford 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -5
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Dieng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 47 16 12 4 11 21 39/96 4/20 28/35 19 28 194 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 39 35 6 0 1 1 1 4 15/22 0/1 5/5 1 5 42 +26
D. Booker 38 35 9 6 1 0 4 5 13/22 5/9 4/5 0 9 53 +16
M. Chriss 26 13 7 2 0 5 0 4 4/7 3/4 2/4 1 6 29 +15
T. Chandler 27 4 6 0 0 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 5 12 +22
T. Ulis 25 2 3 5 2 0 2 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 15 +24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 39 35 6 0 1 1 1 4 15/22 0/1 5/5 1 5 42 +26
D. Booker 38 35 9 6 1 0 4 5 13/22 5/9 4/5 0 9 53 +16
M. Chriss 26 13 7 2 0 5 0 4 4/7 3/4 2/4 1 6 29 +15
T. Chandler 27 4 6 0 0 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 5 12 +22
T. Ulis 25 2 3 5 2 0 2 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 15 +24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. James 18 9 3 5 0 0 3 1 4/4 0/0 1/3 0 3 19 -15
D. Bender 18 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 3/8 2/5 0/0 0 0 10 -12
J. Jackson 18 8 4 1 0 1 6 3 3/12 0/5 2/5 0 4 9 -13
A. Len 19 4 8 1 0 1 1 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 4 4 14 -17
T. Daniels 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -6
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 118 46 21 4 10 18 25 46/86 10/26 16/24 7 39 202 +40