PHOENIX (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves ended a woeful road trip with Kevin Garnett's worst scoring game since he was a 19-year-old rookie.
"We found out some things on the trip that we need to work on," coach Flip Saunders said. "We hopefully will get settled over the next 20 games. That's the only thing we can do right now."
Garnett was 2-for-17 from the field in 43 minutes and scored just four points in the Timberwolves' 81-76 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. It was his lowest total since he went scoreless on Feb. 27, 1996, his rookie season.
"They pretty much threw a double-team at me all night," he said. "I've encountered all kinds of double-teams, but there were moments when there was somebody sitting on my lap, somebody behind me, somebody right there. Basically, they were saying we're not going to let Kevin Garnett beat us. We're going to let somebody else."
It was the second time in 15 games that he has been held to single digits after a streak of 338 double-digit games. Garnett had 18 rebounds, but only one in the fourth quarter.
"It was a team thing," said Bo Outlaw, who scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. "Each quarter someone else had him. They did a good job each quarter trying to defend him. It was a great team effort."
Outlaw also energized the Suns' defense, often against Garnett, after Minnesota sped to a 15-point lead in the first quarter.
"The last couple of times we played them, Bo Outlaw has been the MVP of the game," Garnett said. "Tonight, he was pretty much all over the place."
A 42 percent free-throw shooter, Outlaw was 4-for-5 at the line.
"Bo was unbelievable," said Phoenix's Stephon Marbury, who scored 28 points.
Shawn Marion, who also spent time guarding Garnett, added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns. Wally Szczerbiak scored 27 and Chauncy Billups 15 for the Timberwolves, who lost the last three of a four-game road trip. Billups had six of Minnesota's 19 turnovers.
Phoenix, coming off an emotional victory over Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets, outscored the Timberwolves 18-6 over the final 6:33.
Outlaw made two from the line with 1:14 to go to put Phoenix up 79-73, then clinched it with a breakaway stuff with 4.9 seconds to go.
Anthony Peeler's 3-pointer cut the lead to 79-76 with 55 seconds to play, then the Timberwolves got the ball again for a chance to tie it. But the Suns' tight defense prevented a 3-pointer and Szczerbiak missed a layup in traffic.
Joe Johnson grabbed the rebound and threw it the length of the court to Outlaw for the stuff.
Dan Majerle's 28-foot 3-pointer with the shot clock nearly expired put Phoenix ahead for good 73-71 with 4:30 to play.
The decisive run began when Phoenix scored five points on its next possession. Outlaw scored inside and Rasho Nesterovic was called for a flagrant foul on the play. Outlaw made the free throw, then Marbury sank an 18-footer on the inbounds play to cut it to 70-68 with 6:21 remaining.
Saunders said he expects the league to rescind the flagrant foul when the tape is reviewed.
"Rasho grabbed him by the shoulders, but that's not a flagrant foul," Saunders said. "All of a sudden that becomes a five-point play, and that took the wind right out of our sails."
Notes: The Suns' Jake Voskuhl missed the game for the birth of his daughter Zowie late Friday afternoon. ... The Suns beat the Timberwolves 103-100 Jan. 18 in Phoenix on Marbury's 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in overtime. ... Garnett's streak of double-digit games ended Feb. 4 when he was thrown out of a game in San Antonio with 9:49 left in the third quarter. He scored eight in that game. ... The Timberwolves were 3-for-18 from the field with eight turnovers in the second quarter. ... Minnesota made a season-low 20 field goals. ... Frank Johnson is 5-6 since taking over as Suns coach.
Garnett 2-17 0-0 4, Smith 3-7 0-0 6, Nesterovic 4-10 0-0 8, Billups 4-13 5-5 15, Szczerbiak 10-19 4-4 27, Jackson 2-4 0-0 4, Avery 1-3 0-0 2, Trent 0-1 3-4 3, Lopez 0-0 0-0 0, Peeler 3-8 0-0 7, Mitchell 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 29-85 12-13 76.
Marion 7-18 4-6 18, Gugliotta 1-4 2-2 4, Tsakalidis 2-5 0-0 4, Marbury 9-23 9-11 28, J.Johnson 2-9 0-0 4, Hardaway 1-8 0-0 2, Outlaw 6-7 4-5 16, Majerle 2-8 0-0 5, Palacio 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-84 19-24 81.
Minnesota 28 11 21 16 -- 76
Phoenix 15 24 17 25 -- 81
3-Point Goals--Minnesota 6-18 (Szczerbiak 3-4, Billups 2-8, Peeler 1-4, Garnett 0-2), Phoenix 2-10 (Marbury 1-3, Majerle 1-6, Hardaway 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Minnesota 65 (Garnett 18), Phoenix 51 (Marion 13). Assists--Minnesota 19 (Garnett 6), Phoenix 20 (Marbury 6). Total fouls--Minnesota 24, Phoenix 17. Technicals--Minnesota Defensive Three Second 2, Minnesota Bench. Flagrant fouls--Nesterovic. A--16,914 (19,023).
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