The Suns needed to dip into their savings to save face for a home victory against the NBA's worst team Monday night.

The Suns missed their first 16 3-point attempts Sunday night at Dallas.

At Minnesota five days earlier, Channing Frye was scoreless.

Both apparently were saving up for Monday night, when the Suns avoided embarrassment, thanks in large part to Frye's career-high 33 points and a franchise-record-tying nine 3-pointers in a 135-127 overtime victory against Minnesota at US Airways Center.

Under a deluge of 18 Suns 3s, the Timberwolves lost their 14th consecutive game despite leading by six with five minutes left in regulation.

The Suns scored 21 points in those five minutes against the league's worst scoring defense, making all five 3s they attempted and taking a 121-119 lead with 27.3 seconds to go on Nash's first 3 since March 29.

The Suns still wound up in overtime, when Jared Dudley fell on a drive by Michael Beasley, who scored while being fouled by Hakim Warrick. Beasley missed the free throw that could have put Minnesota (17-64) ahead with 8.4 seconds remaining, but Grant Hill missed a 3-foot bank shot at the buzzer.

It put the Suns (39-42) in a franchise-record ninth overtime game (5-4).

In overtime, the Suns trailed 124-123 but took command on consecutive 3s by Dudley and Frye. The Suns made 18 of 29 3s for their best 3-point-shooting game since they made 22 against the Lakers on Nov. 14.

Each team shot better than 54 percent and scored 92 apiece in the first three quarters.

Frye's nine 3s matched a Suns record set by Quentin Richardson in 2004. Frye's 33-point performance was a departure from the recent five-game trip, when he averaged 8.4 points and made five of 19 3s.

It was his third 30-point game since Feb. 15.

"It's like the stock market," Frye said. "I may play bad for a week, but it's not going to last like that. Too bad we don't have much more games to play. I finally got my legs in condition."

Frye's weak-side shots opened up thanks in part to Dudley, who made all five of his 3-point tries to score 26. Dudley never had had a perfect 3-point-shooting game with more than three tries. He also matched a career high with five steals.