PHOENIX The potential for a really long Tuesday night at U.S. Airways Center was evident when the pre-game activities included a middle school band playing that ubiquitous "Gangnam Style" tune.
The kids were talented and did a really nice job with it, but still
Anyway, our second clue arrived when the Phoenix Suns ended the first quarter with 16 points on 30-percent shooting from the field and had the lead.
We quickly went from clues to solid evidence. The Suns, for example, rang the bell for 11 more points in the third quarter. They missed 9 of the 14 free throws they were obligated to chuck during the 53 of action.
When it was over, the Suns limited the Minnesota Timberwolves to 77 points through 48 minutes, but required overtime to finally subdue another truly struggling team, 84-83.
"We made it a little tougher on ourselves," interim coach Lindsey Hunter said, "but we'll take it. We still have a lot to work on."
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