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Derrick Rose's game-winning jumper lifts Timberwolves over Suns in a thriller

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Derrick Rose called GAME!

With 0.6 seconds remaining against the Phoenix Suns, Rose buried the go-ahead jumper to ice the game and give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 116-114 win.

"It's about damn time I made one of those," Rose said post-game after posting a game-high 31 points in the win.

Rose took over in the second half, scoring 29 of his 31 points after halftime, adding four rebounds and three assists in another impressive performance off the bench.

He tied things up at 114-114, making one of two free throws with 30.5 seconds on the clock, before the Suns turned the ball over on the next possession out of a timeout, giving the Wolves a golden opportunity to win the game. Rose wound the clock down and hit the step back over Mikal Bridges to move the Wolves to 22-24 on the season.

While Rose was quiet in the first half, Karl-Anthony Towns did the heavy lifting, scoring 28 points in the first 24 minutes, bullying his way through the paint as the Suns struggled to contain him without rookie big man Deandre Ayton, who missed the game with a left ankle injury suffered against the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Despite Towns' big first half, Phoenix held a 67-64 halftime lead, stretching their advantage to 81-70 midway through the third quarter; that's when Rose made his move, scoring 17 points in the frame to cut the deficit to just five points heading into the fourth.

For the Suns, T.J. Warren led the way with 21 points, while Devin Booker added 18 and Dragan Bender finished with a season-high 12.

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