Timberwolves Eclipse the Suns

Despite dismal record, Minnesota has Suns' number
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 5:15 AM CST
Minnesota Timberwolves' Al Jefferson (25) beats Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, left, to the rebound in first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite being at the bottom of the NBA barrel, the Minnesota Timberwolves have for the second time dealt Phoenix an embarrassing defeat, beating the first place Suns 117-107 last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Minnesota's Al Jefferson scored a career high 39 points, as the underdogs dominated on the boards, while the Suns couldn't control the ball, turning it over 16 times.

"We haven't demonstrated the grit necessary to be the best," said Suns' coach Mike D'Antoni following the game. Steve Nash echoed his coach's sentiment, saying: "We didn't fight hard. We took another step back tonight." The loss throws the Suns into a dead heat with the Hornets, while the win is merely the seventh for Minnesota this season.