Willie Cauley-Stein scored 25 points to help the Sacramento Kings deliver a 121-110 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on…
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 25 points to help the Sacramento Kings deliver a 121-110 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Iman Shumpert scored 17 points, Aaron Fox had 16 points and 10 assists and Buddy Hield scored 15 points and 10 rebounds for the kings. Nemanja Bjelica scored 14 points against his previous team.
Karl-Anthony Towns set 39-point season highs and 19 rebounds for Timberwolves, who completed a 0-5 drive. Derrick Rose scored 21 points and Jimmy Butler had 13 for Minnesota, who has lost all eight of his road games.
The timberwolves were only 7 out of 25 from 3-point ranges and shot 41.5 percent in total. Sacramento linked 45.3 percent of its field goal trials, including 1
2 of 32 behind the arc.
Minnesota dragged by 14 after Sacramento Hield buried a 3 pointer by 6:27 left.
But Rose drained two 3-pointers, Tyus Jones converted a three-point game and Anthony Tolliver knocked down a 3 pointer to drag the Timberwolves within 108-106 at 4:31.
The kings replied with the baskets of Kosta Koufos and Fox plus a 3-pointer by Hield to take a 115-106 edge at 2:01 left.
Cauley-Steins dunk with 35.8 seconds left made it a nine-point margin to help Sacramento close it.
The Kings led two at half-time and then held Timberwolves to 6-of-23 shootings in the third quarter.
Minnesota trailed 80-77 after Rose basket at 4:01 left before Bjelica made Kings Kings the next eight points on two 3-pointers and an inside basket to make 88-79.
Marvin Bagley III scored the final result for the quarter by 25.2 seconds to give Sacramento a 92-81 lead.
Hield’s dunk gave Kings a 100-85 leader at 9:06 left.
Towns had 29 points on 11-of-17 shootings in the first half but Minnesota trailed 63-61.
Sacramento took his first lead at night at 39-36 at Yogi Ferrell’s three-point game at 8:42 in half.
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