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Frye's career-high paces Suns over T-Wolves in OT

Apr 12, 2011 - 5:50 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Channing Frye hit nine three-pointers en route to a career-high 33 points while Jared Dudley went 5-for-5 from long distance, as the Suns outlasted the Timberwolves in overtime, 135-127.

Grant Hill had 21 points and Steve Nash posted eight points but had 16 assists for the Suns, who made 18-of-29 shots from the three-point arc and snapped a two-game losing streak.

"Channing (Frye) shot the ball well," Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry said. "JD (Jared Dudley) shot the ball well. We did a good job of getting them the ball and they knocked in some three-point shots which we very much needed to get back in the game."

Michael Beasley notched 26 points and Anthony Randolph posted 24 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost as season-long 14 straight contests. It's the longest losing streak since matching a franchise-record 16-game slide from Feb. 24-March 28, 2010.

Luke Ridnour had 21 points, nine assists and nine rebounds while Anthony Tolliver chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Kevin Love (strained left groin) and Darko Milicic (sprained left ankle) both missed the game for the Timberwolves. It was Love's fifth straight game on the sidelines while Milicic didn't play Saturday against Denver.

In a tight fourth quarter, Dudley drilled a trey with 1:23 remaining, but Ridnour responded with a runner to make it 118-16 with 70 seconds left in regulation.

Martell Webster landed a three with 38.2 seconds left to give Minnesota a one- point lead, but Nash answered back with a trifecta of his own a little over 10 seconds later to go up by two, 121-119.

But Beasley came up big with a layup to knot it up at 121 to send the game into overtime.

During the extra session, the Suns took over with an 8-0 run capped by Dudley's three-pointer under a minute to play. That was all the home team would need to capture the win.

"Same old, same old. It's what we've been doing all season," Tolliver said. "It's just really tough. We had some really good stretches this game, did some really good things, but we just couldn't finish it."

Frye hit a trey with time running out to make it at 33-24 at the end of the first quarter.

Tolliver had 12 points in the second, but the Suns chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to two several times. However, Minnesota held onto a 65-58 lead at the break.

The Timberwolves led for most of the third quarter until Dudley's tip in gave Phoenix a 92-91 lead, but after a Tolliver free throw the teams went into the fourth deadlocked at 92.

Game Notes

The Timberwolves finish the season at home versus Houston on Wednesday...Minnesota has lost four straight, nine of 10 in Phoenix...The Suns swept the season series against Minnesota for a second time in a row...The Suns played in a franchise record ninth overtime game this season. They are 5-4 in extra session games.