The bench came to play. Riding a 66-26 advantage from the second unit, the Sacramento Kings snapped their two-game losing streak Saturday night in Minnesota, besting the Timberwolves by a final of 123-117.
Buddy Hield can shoot the rock. The rookie shooting guard has played well since joining the Kings at the All-Star break. Saturday night at against the T-Wolves he caught fire from deep, knocking down 4-for-6 from the field for 22 points.
When Ty Lawson came off the bench and saw rookie Kris Dunn was guarding him, the veteran point guard got a spring in his step. Lawson torched Dunn at every turn, finishing with 21 points and 11 assists.
Willie Cauley-Stein came into the night averaging 11.2 rebounds over his previous four games. He continued the hot streak, attacking the boards for 10 rebounds and 15 points in 27 minutes of action.
Langston Galloway hit 6-for-7 from the field for 17 points with the second unit. Arron Afflalo added 16 points and Anthony Tolliver dropped in eight points, four rebounds and three blocks in the win.
The outstanding young duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins gave the Kings fits. Towns torched the Kings with his inside-outside game, finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Wiggins got his stroke going from the perimeter, scoring 32 points on 13-for-20 shooting. The 22-year-old wing added three assists and three rebounds.
Ricky Rubio couldn’t hit a shot, but he was able to take advantage of the hot shooting from his two stars. Rubio dished out 13 assists to go with 11 points and Brandon Rush hit 3-for-4 from long range to score 11.
The Kings moved the ball and found their perimeter shooters for a combined 11-for-19 from long range. Hield tied his career-high in points with 22, but Afflalo and Galloway were lights out as well.
Sacramento turned up the heat in the third and early fourth quarter to take a big lead over the T-Wolves. The home team made a run down the stretch, but the Kings kept knocking down shots to come away with their 30th win of the season.
Kosta Koufos, Garrett Temple and Tyreke Evans sat for planned rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.
The Kings return home following the game in Minnesota where they will face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening at Golden 1 Center.