Timberwolves use strong finish to pull away late and sink Suns to third straight loss
Andrew Wiggins was one of three Minnesota players who scored at least 20 points with 26 against Phoenix. AP

THE Minnesota Timberwolves averted a late-game collapse after holding a big lead early this time around in holding off the Phoenix Suns, 115-108, at the Target Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

Minnesota held a 14-point lead near the end of the first half, but the team has blown big leads before and was on the verge of another collapse when Phoenix only trailed by two, 105-103, with 4:16 to go.

But Karl-Anthony Towns sparked a 10-2 run as the Timberwolves pulled away for good and held the Suns without a field goal until Eric Bledsoe’s meaningless triple with 21 seconds remaining to seal the final score.

Town led the way for the young Timberwolves with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins added 26, while Zach LaVine chipped in 23 markers. Minnesota’s record now stands at 8-19.

Bledsoe had 27 points to lead Phoenix, who have lost three in a row to fall to 8-20. Brandon Knight scored 21 off the bench, while Devin Booker added 18 markers for the Suns.

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