PHOENIX (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves shot to the top of the Midwest Division by playing smart. Their nine-game winning streak ended when they played dumb.
Stephon Marbury beat his old team with a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in overtime Friday night. Phoenix's 103-100 victory was only the Suns' second in nine games since the new year began.
"We've won because we've been smart," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Tonight we weren't smart. We made stupid plays, and our shot selection was terrible."
Two mental errors stood out. The Timberwolves failed to call a timeout, despite Saunders' frantic signals to do so, to set up the last shot in regulation. Then they failed to use the foul they had to give when Marbury made his big shot.
"When you've got a foul to give and it's a tie game, the thing you don't want to give is a 3-point shot," Saunders said.
Marbury made just seven of 28 shots, but he hit the one that counted most.
"Every shot that I take, I think I'm going to make it," he said. "I don't ever think that I'm going to miss. That's just my nature. If you don't have enough confidence in your shot, you shouldn't shoot the ball."
This was nothing new for Marbury. He was 1-for-11 against Boston on Dec. 27 before his 22-footer with two seconds left gave the Suns an 84-82 victory.
The Suns got big plays from unlikely heroes Bo Outlaw and Joe Crispin in the overtime after leading most of the game.
Kevin Garnett scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half but none in overtime. Chauncey Billups scored 26 but only six after halftime. Wally Szczerbiak added 22 points for Minnesota.
Garnett said it was a painful way to end the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.
"We win when we execute. We run our sets, we set picks, we take quality shots," Garnett said. "That's what we do. Coming down the line tonight, we didn't do that."
Shawn Marion had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. Outlaw had a season-high 12 points, including four points and a crucial steal in the overtime.
Suns center Jake Voskuhl matched his career highs with 12 points and nine rebounds but left the game for good with leg cramps with 8:04 left in regulation.
Outlaw, who spent much of the night trying to hold down Garnett, scored his second basket of the overtime on a drive to tie it at 97 with 2:57 to play, then stole a pass from Billups to set up Crispin's 3-pointer that gave Phoenix a 100-97 lead with 2:01 remaining.
Szczerbiak was 10-for-11 at the line, but he missed the second of two free throws with 1:13 remaining and the Suns led 100-98.
Billups' jumper from just inside the 3-point line tied it at 100 with 26 seconds to go.
Marbury missed, but Marion got the rebound to set up Marbury's winning shot from the top of the key. Minnesota's Joe Smith threw up an airball from 3-point range at the buzzer.
Garnett sent panic through the Minnesota bench when he fell to the floor after his missed off-balance 3-pointer at the end of regulation, then grabbed his left knee. It was just a cramp, though, and he played the entire overtime.
Both teams had foul trouble. Smith and Rasho Nesterovic both spent most of the game on the bench. Smith didn't score until an offensive rebound in the overtime. Penny Hardaway sat down with his fourth foul with 10:25 to go in the third quarter and didn't play again.
Notes: The Suns' Tony Delk left the game with a bloodied head on an elbow from Billups with 2:10 to play in regulation. ... The teams met for the first time this season. ... Minnesota had won six of its last seven road games, including the last four in a row. ... The Timberwolves' longest winning streak, 11 games, was set last season. ... Garnett scored 16 in the third quarter. ... Phoenix climbed back to .500 at 20-20.
Garnett 12-27 6-6 32, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Nesterovic 3-9 0-0 6, Billups 11-24 1-1 26, Szczerbiak 6-15 10-11 22, Peeler 4-11 0-0 10, Lopez 0-1 0-0 0, Woods 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-93 17-18 100.
Marion 12-19 2-2 26, Outlaw 5-10 2-2 12, Voskuhl 4-6 4-4 12, Marbury 7-28 7-8 23, Hardaway 3-4 0-0 6, Delk 3-13 0-0 8, Rogers 4-11 3-4 11, Crispin 2-6 0-0 5, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-97 18-20 103.
Minnesota 27 21 20 25 7 -- 100
Phoenix 25 32 18 18 10 -- 103
3-Point Goals--Minnesota 7-21 (Billups 3-8, Garnett 2-4, Peeler 2-6, Smith 0-1, Szczerbiak 0-2), Phoenix 5-20 (Marbury 2-6, Delk 2-6, Crispin 1-4, Rogers 0-4). Fouled out--Rogers. Rebounds--Minnesota 58 (Garnett 14), Phoenix 57 (Marion 10). Assists--Minnesota 19 (Billups 7), Phoenix 22 (Marbury 8). Total fouls--Minnesota 24, Phoenix 22. Technicals--Minnesota Defensive Three Second 2, Phoenix Defensive Three Second. A--16,860 (19,023).
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