Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Shannon Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds and the Phoenix Suns’ reserves outscored Minnesota’s 66-27 in a 114-90 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night.
Markieff Morris led the backups with 21 points and Steve Nash had 14 points and five assists for the Suns, who have won five of their last six games and 11 of 16 to surge back into the playoff picture. They started the day one game behind Denver for eighth in the West.
Kevin Love had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost six in a row. They have lost 22 straight games in April dating back to 2009.
J.J. Barea had 16 points, but the Wolves’ massive defensive problems continued with the Suns shooting 57 percent.