Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
The Kings sputter late in game that was closer than the final score indicates. The Timberwolves were led by Kevin Love's 23 points, 24 rebounds.
The Sacramento Kings lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-89 in yet another frustrating game. The Kings trailed by 3 at halftime, and were down 8 after three. But the Kings charged back in the fourth quarter, with Isaiah Thomas providing a nice spark. The Kings had closed the gap to two points with 1:20 remaining, and still found a way to lose by 8.
The late game execution was once again an issue. After an odd Kevin Love 15-footer than somehow found its way into the hoop, the Kings found themselves down 6 with 26 seconds remaining. Tyreke Evans dribbled for around 5-10 seconds at the top of the key before passing to DeMarcus Cousins for a 21-footer. Predictably, the 21-footer clanked off the rim. That play, and this game in general, is a great example of the issues this team has executing late in close games.
Despite that particular play, both Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins had good nights. Tyreke in particular was very good, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Cousins also finished with 20 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. However, Cousins was held just 28 minutes due to foul trouble.
Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton each finished with 12 points off the bench. Isaiah saw 21 minutes to Aaron Brooks' 26. Isaiah played the majority of the fourth quarter as Brooks struggled to find his groove tonight.
For the Timberwolves, Kevin Love finished with an absurd 23 points and 24 rebounds.
Akis was at the game and will have a full recap up later.