Nash Leads Suns' Rout of Minnesota

With 14 points and 11 assists, sits out the final quarter
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 12:18 AM CDT
Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, left, Leandro Barbosa, center, of Brazil, and Shaquille O'Neal laugh together on the bench in the closing moments of their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.    ((AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin))
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(Newser) – Steve Nash had 14 points and 11 assists, then sat out the final quarter Friday night while the Phoenix Suns completed a 117-88 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Amare Stoudemire had 24 points in 28 minutes as five Suns reached double figures. Grant Hill, out for the previous three games with a strained right groin, had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Nash shot 5-of-6, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers and passed Muggsy Bogues for 15th on the NBA career assist list. Nash, who began the season ranked 29th, has 6,732 to Bogues' 6,726. Al Jefferson scored 20 on 11-of-26 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who fell to an NBA-worst 5-32 on the road.