January 16, 2009

NBA: Minnesota 105, Phoenix 103

Rodney Carney gave Minnesota a four-point lead with 1:19 to play Friday and the Timberwolves held on to surprise Phoenix 105-103.

Carney gave Minnesota its last points of the game, after which Phoenix managed only one free throw in two attempts from both Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire.

With the Timberwolves clinging to a two-point advantage, Minnesota's Sebastian Telfair missed a three-point attempt as the shot clock was winding down with 10 seconds to play.

The Suns chose to go for the win in regulation, but Jason Richardson's three-point shot failed to go at the buzzer.

Minnesota has won six out of seven, but is still 14 games below the .500 mark. Phoenix has dropped two in a row in advance of a six-game eastern road trip.

Al Jefferson led six Minnesota players in double figures with 22 points. Craig Smith had 18.

Phoenix got 22 from both O'Neal and Leandro Barbosa.