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Suns 104, Timberwolves 103

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Down by seven with 2:44 left in the game, the Phoenix Suns out-scored Minnesota 9-1 down the stretch to beat the Timberwolves 104-103 on guard Gerald Green's 18-foot shot from the corner with 3.9 seconds left.

At the other end, guard Kevin Martin's shot at the buzzer came up short.

The victory improved the Suns to 21-13 overall, including 9-8 on the road this season.

Phoenix held Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love to 15 points on 4-for-20 shooting and Minnesota to 39.5 percent shooting overall.

Guard Goran Dragic led all scorers with 26 points. Forward Channing Frye -- who got the best of Love in this matchup -- ended up with 22. Green had 14.

The Timberwolves got 20 points from Martin, 17 and 12 rebounds from center Nikola Pekovic and 15 points -- all in the second half -- from forward Corey Brewer. Point guard Ricky Rubio had seven points, eight rebounds and eight assists. But it was a late turnover that proved the difference for Minnesota (17-18).

Down 102-95, Phoenix went on a 7-1 run to pull within 103-102, when forward Markieff Morris made one of two free throws with 40.1 seconds left.

Out of a time out, Rubio's bad pass resulted in a turnover, and Green capitalized at the other end with his game-winning jumper.

Martin started hot, scoring seven points as the Timberwolves opened the game on a 9-0 run. But then the Timberwolves spent the rest of the quarter shooting 3-for-23 and being out-scored 27-14. With Fry scoring 10 -- including three three-pointers -- the Suns roared back to take a 27-23 lead into the second quarter.

Early in the second quarter a 9-0 run fueled by Turiaf and Budinger gave the Timberwolves a brief lead.

But, down by a point, the Suns ended the half on a 12-5 run -- with Frye scoring five of those -- to take a 53-47 lead.

Brewer had nine third-quarter points and Love seven in the third quarter, which the Timberwolves ended on an 8-4 run to take a 77-72 lead into the fourth. Love's first three-pointer of the night came with 1:01 left in the quarter.

NOTES: The Suns formally announced the signing of G Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract Wednesday, returning the 10-year veteran to the team where he spent the first seven seasons of his career, then wasted little time getting him some game action. The Suns are hoping Barbosa can help the offense, especially with Eric Bledsoe sidelined with a knee sprain. Barbosa had not played since tearing an ACL with Boston on Feb. 11, 2013. "We have guys who can run, and this gives us a guy who can run along with them," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. ... Timberwolves F Chase Budinger played for the first time this season, his surgically repaired knee finally OK to play. Budinger will be on a time limit for his first few games back. ... Timberwolves F Luc Mbah a Moute (strained groin) missed his third straight game. ... The presence of G A.J. Price and F Robbie Hummel on the Timberwolves' roster Wednesday means both players' contracts will become guaranteed Friday.
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