MINNEAPOLIS - Now if the Suns can only replicate in the playoff race what they did on Sunday against the Timberwolves.
Translation – figure out how to forge an epic comeback in the Western Conference.
"I'm so tired of doing that," Suns forward PJ Tucker said. "We get 20-25 down and it's like, `Let's play.' It's unreal."
The Suns overcame a 22-point deficit and posted their biggest comeback win of the season by beating Minnesota 127-120.
"That was our playoffs right there, and we lost. So this one hurts a lot more than the others," an exasperated Kevin Love said after filling the box score with 36 points and 14 rebounds.
The Suns shot 61 percent in the first half yet still trailed by 11 after the Wolves scored a season-high 73 first-half points.
"If we want to be contenders and be in the playoffs, we got to start showing it by winning these kind of games," Tucker said. "We came out and played in the second half."
In fact, the Suns still trailed 103-93 heading into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Wolves 34-17 in the final period.
“We've had a few of those, haven't we?" Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek said. "I'm always proud of the way they come back at the end of games, they never give up. We were playing horribly for a half, maybe partway into the third quarter and somehow they ended up pulling that game out."
Markieff Morris scored 25 points and the Suns’ bench outscored Minnesota's 61-20 as Phoenix shot a season-high 57 percent overall.
"If we start out the game like that we'd probably be up 20," said Eric Bledsoe, who had 21 points as the Suns won for only the fifth time when trailing after three quarters.
"We should've won that game, plain and simple," Love said.
With the win, the Suns move within a half-game of eighth-place Memphis for the final playoff spot. The road trip continues Monday in Atlanta.