Kings can't keep up with T'Wolves for full 48, drop fourth straight
SECOND HALF SWING
SACRAMENTO -- No Jimmy Butler, no problem. The short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves walked into Golden 1 Center Monday evening and manhandled the Sacramento Kings by a final of 118-100.
Skal Labissiere led the Kings with 20 points and Buddy Hield added 16 points off the bench, but it wasn’t nearly enough to avoid a fourth straight loss for Sacramento.
Six players scored in double-figures for Minnesota, including a big 26-point, 17-rebound for Karl-Anthony Towns. Andrew Wiggins added 22 points to help the T-Wolves improve to 38-26 on the season.
Towns loves to play the Kings. The 22-year-old All-Star came into the night averaging 29.5 points and 12 rebounds in two matchups against Sacramento this season.
He didn’t top those numbers, but he also sat for long stretches. Towns finished the night with 26 points, 17 rebounds and dished out four assists in the T-Wolves' win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
In his third game back from injury, Labissiere looked confident with his shot. The second-year big dropped in 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Taj Gibson did some damage against him in the post, but overall, it was a strong showing from Labissiere.
The Kings trailed by just three at the half, but the Timberwolves ran them over in the second half, outscoring the Kings 55-40 on their home floor after the intermission.
Garrett Temple was a late scratch after experiencing lower back spasm during warmups. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter were both available, but did not see action. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings fly to Portland following the game to take on the Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back. They’ll return to Golden 1 Center Thursday evening to face the Brooklyn Nets in the first of five home games to start the month of March.