Wolves have just enough down the stretch to hold off resilient Kings
Keep fighting, keep competing. That is the mantra for the Sacramento Kings as they finish up their pre All-Star break schedule with a three game road trip. Sunday evening against the Minnesota Timberwolves, that is exactly what they did.
Despite playing shorthanded, the Kings gave the T-Wolves all they could handle, before falling 111-106 at the Target Center.
De’Aaron Fox went into attack mode early and he received big contributions from Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and Kosta Koufos.
Minnesota played off the big night of Karl-Anthony Towns, who broke the 20 point mark for the 30th time this season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Towns loves to play against his former Kentucky teammate, Willie Cauley-Stein. The All-Star went to work against Cauley-Stein, finishing the night with 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Fox came out of the gates flying The rookie point guard dropped in 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter as he diced through the T-Wolves defense. He shot an impressive 8-for-16 from the field and added three steals in 34 minutes of action.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Challenge accepted. Bogdan Bogdanovic came in with tough assignment of sticking Jimmy Butler. He showed up big time, scoring 13 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing three rebounds. The rookie backcourt of Fox and Bogdanovic is starting to gel.
The Kings battled Minnesota all the way down the stretch, but came up empty in the final minute. The T-Wolves hit their free throws and got stops when they needed them to come away with the win.
Newcomers Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) and Bruno Caboclo (personal) sat out. Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) and Frank Mason (plantar fascia) are both out until after the All-Star break. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings finish their pre-All-Star break schedule on the road with back-to-back games Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks and Wednesday versus the Houston Rockets. They’ll take a week off before returning to Golden 1 Center Feb. 22 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.