Struggling Suns Give Game Away to Jazz

Lakers cream Clippers, Timberwolves surprise all with win over Kings
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 5:39 AM CST
Sacramento Kings Spencer Hawkes, left and Francisco Garcia, right, surround the Minnesota Timberwolves' Craig Smith as he grabs a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 7,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After three quarters of close play, the cracks in the Suns' defense widened enough for the Jazz to march through, outscoring Phoenix 41-24 in the fourth on the way to a 126-118 victory. Amare Stoudemire had 37 points on 12-for-16 shooting and Shaquille O'Neal found his groove for 20 points, but all for naught, writes the Arizona Republic. In other NBA action:

  • The Lakers put together a united front against the Clippers, with seven players scoring in the double digits to build up a 119-82 win, the largest margin of defeat for the two teams since 1986.
  • Minnesota only had two wins in 28 road games this season, but with Sacramento in a 1-for-7 tailspin, the Timberwolves seized the opportunity for a 111-103 triumph.