PHOENIX - Andrei Kirilenko led seven Minnesota players in double figures with 20 points, and Rick Rubio added 12 points and eight assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves scored a season-high 67 points in the first half and routed the Phoenix Suns 117-86 Friday night.
Dante Cunningham had 18 points and Greg Stiesma added 14 for the Timberwolves, who had lost their last nine straight on the road. They led by as many as 35 points in their first win away from home since Feb. 11 at Cleveland.
Luis Scola had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Goran Dragic had 13 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention Friday and did it with a flourish. Phoenix lost twice to the 24-win Washington Wizards and once to the 24-win Timberwolves within the last seven days and now sit dead last in the Western Conference at 23-47.
The Suns played without Jared Dudley and Jermaine O'Neal, who both were hit with a stomach flu.
Minnesota, who missed 18 of 19 three-pointers in Thursday's loss in Sacramento, stayed inside early against Phoenix with much better results. They hit 11 of 19 shots in the first period - seven by Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic - and led by as many as 15 in the first quarter. J.J. Barea's jumper just before the buzzer gave the Timberwolves a 31-18 lead.
The second period was more of the same. Chase Budinger, playing for only the second time after missing 59 games with a left knee injury, scored the first seven points, and Berea hit Minnesota's first three-pointer to help the Timberwolves to a 46-24 lead.
The Suns missed eight of nine three-pointers in the first half, committed 11 turnovers, and coach Lindsey Hunter used all 11 healthy players looking for some kind of spark. He didn't get one, and Rubio's three-point play with 34.6 seconds left pushed the Minnesota halftime lead to 28 at 67-39.
NOTES: Dudley, who played only eight minutes Wednesday against Washington because of the flu, wasn't any better Friday. ... O'Neal sat because of a combination of a slight ankle sprain suffered in the last minute against the Wizards and the stomach flu. ... With Budinger in the lineup for only the second time since Nov. 10 and Kirilenko and Pekovic also recently back, Minnesota coach Rick Adelman has a healthier roster to work with. "It's good to have it. Now we just have to get some chemistry going," he said. "We have to get the guys coming back involved and see what they can do." ... Former Timberwolf Wesley Johnson came in averaging 12.9 points and shooting 44.6 percent from the field as a starter over the last eight games. ... Minnesota had lost its last 13 Western Conference road games, including an 84-83 overtime loss in Phoenix on Feb. 26.