MINNEAPOLIS -- Whether it's a matter of circumstance or coincidence now matters not.
What matters after the Timberwolves' 104-103 loss Wednesday night to a surprising Phoenix team they're chasing for one of the Western Conference final playoff spots is they still can't get themselves into winner's territory or win a close game.
The Suns outscored them 9-1 in the final 2:44 and put further distance in the NBA standings between an overachieving, disciplined, determined bunch that many prognosticators had picked to finish last or thereabouts in the Western Conference and a Wolves team that missed yet another chance to get over .500.
The Wolves now are 0-10 in games decided by four or fewer points this season, and Wednesday's game joined a growing list of games -- losses to the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas and Oklahoma City just in the past three weeks, to name three -- they let get away.
"We didn't make plays," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said afterward. "I don't know what you want me to tell you."
The Suns did, coming back in the final three minutes scoring on a put-back basket, at the free-throw line and ultimately on former Timberwolves guard Gerald Green's 18-foot jump shot with 3.9 seconds left that proved to be the winner.
Kevin Martin's short would-be winning shot in the final second missed on a night when he scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and the Wolves' tandem of "lumberjacks," as Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic the other night, was held to combined 10-for-36 shooting.
Still, the Wolves rode Corey Brewer's energy and defense and Pekovic's fourth-quarter scoring and turned deficits after one quarter and halftime into a second-half lead that grew as big as 97-88 with 4:31 left in the game.
The Wolves didn't score a field goal after Brewer's three-point shot from the corner gave them that nine-point lead.
They turned the ball over three times after that, two of them by point guard Ricky Rubio. Included was one when Rubio got trapped after driving underneath the basket and threw out desperately with 25 seconds left.
The Suns turned that possession into Green's winning shot from deep in the right corner.
"We talked about what we want to do and we made mental mistakes," Adelman said. "We put ourselves in tough positions. Somehow, someway we have to find a way to finish the game and we just haven't done it."
Wednesday's loss was that eighth consecutive time they had a chance to get over .500 and failed.
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