Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns continue to sink at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Neither team has showed much sign that it's capable of a surge before the end of the season.
Minnesota, still the league's worst perimeter shooting team, will try to snap a string of nine straight road losses Friday night at Phoenix, which is mired in an especially bad offensive slump.
The Timberwolves (23-43) have lost two in a row and 12 of 15 overall and 17 of 18 on the road after a 101-98 defeat at Sacramento on Thursday.
Nikola Pekovic stole the ball with 12 seconds left to give Minnesota a chance, but Dante Cunningham's 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed - not surprising given the team's dismal shooting from long distance all season.
Minnesota ranks last in the NBA at 29.4 percent from 3-point range, making just 21.6 percent in six March road games. The Timberwolves were 1 for 19 from beyond the arc Thursday, the only conversion coming from Chase Budinger ...