Instant Analysis: Kings fall flat; lose game, player to T'wolves
Bumped off the throne
Too much KAT. The Sacramento Kings started off their four game road trip on the wrong foot Thursday at the Target Center. Third-year-big man Karl-Anthony Towns went off, pushing the Timberwolves to a 119-96 victory over Kings.
Veterans George Hill and Zach Randolph led the way for Sacramento, but it wasn’t nearly enough. With Towns ruling the paint, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins got it going as well.
With the loss, the Kings dropped to 9-19 overall and 4-12 on the road.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Towns took former Kentucky teammate Willie Cauley-Stein back to school. Towns scored 19 of his team-high 30 during the first half and then finished the Kings in the third quarter. He added 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in the drubbing.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Is George Hill back? The veteran played well on Tuesday night against Phoenix and he backed it up against the T-Wolves. Hill dropped in 4-for-5 from long range on his way to 16 points and three assists.
Hill dropped in a 3-pointer with 3.3 remaining in the second quarter to cut the T-Wolves lead down to six. But Jeff Teague answered with a halfcourt shot to give Minny a 64-55 lead going to the intermission. The Timberwolves dropped the hammer on Sacramento in the third and walked away with an easy win on their homecourt.
De’Aaron Fox banged knees with Towns in the first quarter and suffered a right quad contusion. He didn’t return and finished the night with two points and two assists in seven minutes. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings plan to stick around Minnesota for an extra day or two before traveling to Toronto for a matchup against the Raptors on Sunday. They’ll hit Philly and Brooklyn before returning home to face the Spurs on Dec. 23.