Phoenix Suns defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-112

PHOENIX — Only three regular-season games into his return from February knee surgery, center Al Jefferson isn't back to the player Timberwolves fans recognize from the past two seasons.

But if Sunday's 120-112 loss at Phoenix is indicative, he's getting there. The game at U.S. Airways Center matched him against Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, another star searching his way back from season-ending injury a year ago.

Jefferson showed visions of his old self early on, an...