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Updated: February 25th, 2014 10:44pm
Wolves beat Suns to tighten gap in Western Conference playoff picture

Wolves beat Suns to tighten gap in Western Conference playoff picture

by The Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Kevin Love fell one assist shy of his second triple-double in three games, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a late outburst to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-101 on Tuesday night.

Love, whose first career triple-double came at Utah on Saturday, had 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trailed by eight with 7:57 to play, then outscored the Suns 24-6.

Rookie Shabazz Muhammad had a career-high 20 points and Corey Brewer added 18 for Minnesota.

Markieff Morris scored 24 and Gerald Green 19 for Phoenix. Goran Dragic scored 16 but fouled out with 3:46 to play, the third time he's fouled out in his career and first this season. The Suns' P.J. Tucker grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds.

Dragic twisted his right ankle in the third quarter and went to the locker room to have it re-taped, then returned.

On Dragic's sixth foul, Love made two free throws to put Minnesota ahead 96-95.

Markieff Morris made a 16-footer to give Phoenix its final lead, 97-96, with 3:26 to go as the Suns lost their second straight at home. Minnesota has won four of five.

The Suns were up 91-83 after Ish Smith's three-point play with 7:57 left, then the Timberwolves scored the next nine. Brewer's 13-footer put Minnesota ahead 92-90 with 5:29 to go. Dragic scored twice, then Love made one inside before Dragic's final foul.

Brewer had two baskets and Love capped the big run with a 3-pointer and the Timberwolves led 105-97 with a minute to go.

Neither team led by more than eight in the first half, with the Suns up 52-50 at the break.

Love's 3-pointer gave Minnesota a 66-64 lead with 7:03 left in the third quarter. Green's inside basket tied it and started a 15-4 run that put Phoenix up 79-70 on Markieff Morris' dunk with 2:18 left in the quarter. The Suns led 81-75 entering the fourth.

Minnesota outscored the Suns 35-20 in the fourth quarter. The Suns were just 3 of 15 from 3-point range.

Game notes

--The teams have split two games this season, with the third March 23 at Minnesota.

--The Timberwolves are 2-1 on a five-game road trip.

--Muhammad's previous high was 12 points.

© The Associated Press
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