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Timberwolves pull away late from Suns

PHOENIX -- Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins had 25 points, and center Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves pulled away for a 98-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday.

Nov 25, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (right) goes up for a dunk over Phoenix Suns center Alex Len in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine dunks over Phoenix Suns center Alex Len in the first quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (USA TODAY Sports)

PHOENIX - Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins had 25 points, and center Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves pulled away for a 98-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday.

Wiggins and Towns took advantage of defensive mismatches to score 14 points in the final seven minutes, helping Minnesota (5-11) break a three-game losing streak.

Zach LaVine had 13 points and Gorgui Dieng and Ricky Rubio had 11 apiece as the Timberwolves finished on a 24-5 run after forward P.J. Tucker's free throw gave the Suns an 80-74 led with 7:13 remaining.

Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and Brandon Knight added 15 as the Suns (5-12) lost for the third time in four games.

Minnesota shot only 40 percent, making 34-of-85 field goal attempts, but stayed in the game by making 23-of-25 free throws.

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The Timberwolves are shooting 39.9 percent in their last four games.

Towns was guarded by rookie Marquese Chriss down the stretch, and Wiggins was covered by guard Devin Booker.

Knight made his third straight start in a three-guard lineup necessitated by the absence of small forward T. J. Warren, who missed his third straight game with what the Suns are calling a minor head injury.

Towns had seven points, including a 3-pointer and an assist in an 11-2 run that gave theTimberwolves an 87-81 lead with 4:51 remaining, just the beginning of the run. Dieng had a follow slam and LaVine turned a steal into a layup before Wiggins found his offense after starting 4-for-14 from the field.

Booker had 11 points for the Suns, who posted a 48-39 rebounding advantage and shot 40.5 percent from the field.

Bledsoe scored nine straight Suns' points in a 13-5 run for a 69-56 lead with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Suns' biggest lead.

Knight had 13 points in the first half. His 3-pointer broke a tie at 47, and his two free throws with 10.6 seconds remaining made it 52-47 at halftime.

The Timberwolves shot 34.1 percent from there field in the first half. Towns and Wiggins had 24 points in the first half but were 7 of 20 from the field.

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