SACRAMENTO -- Last time these two teams faced off, the Kings rallied from a 22-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to steal a win in Minnesota. The T-Wolves almost flipped the scripts on the Kings Monday night at Golden 1 Center.
After leading by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, the Kings allowed Minnesota to make it a two-point game on multiple occasions in the fourth.
But when the Kings needed a big shot, they got one. Harrison Barnes hit a pair of buckets inside of five minutes remaining and Bogdan Bogdanovic sealed the game at the free throw line as the home team figured out a way to send the Timberwolves (15-34) to their 12th straight defeat, this time by a final of 113-109.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings bounce back on their home court to move to 19-31 on the season.
In his last game, De’Aaron Fox turned the ball over seven times against the Los Angeles Lakers in a blowout loss. That’s not the player who showed up Monday evening against the Timberwolves.
🔨 FOX 🔨 pic.twitter.com/XBjQQQwXQx— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) February 4, 2020
From the jump, Fox turned on the jets and went to work. He lived in the paint the entire night, scoring a game-high 31 points on 10-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
In his last 16 games, Fox is averaging over 23 points and seven assists per game for Sacramento. In an otherwise disappointing start to the season, the 22-year-old is a bright light for the Kings.
Buddy and Bogi
Coach Luke Walton shook everything up six games ago when he swapped out Buddy Hield for Bogdan Bogdanovic in the starting lineup. For whatever reason, the move has sparked both players.
Since moving to the bench, Hield has seen more than a six-minute reduction in court time and he’s averaging 3.4 points per game more. Most of the boost is coming from the 3-point line where Hield has found his stroke with the second unit.
Bogdanovic has seen a similar spike in production. While his points per game have slightly dipped, he’s finding a rhythm next to Fox and starting to flourish.
Against the T-Wolves, the duo combined for 39 points on 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 from long range.
Dedmon comes alive
Dewayne Dedmon is having a season to forget. In what could be his last game in a Kings uniform with the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, the veteran center looked closer to the player Sacramento thought they were getting when they inked him to a three-year, $40 million deal during the off-season.
The 30-year-old center couldn’t get his 3-ball to fall, but he did all the dirty work for Sacramento. Dedmon finished the evening with four points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a season-high five blocks.
There is a possibility that Dedmon sticks around through the deadline, but he’s going to need more nights like this if he hopes to earn minutes when Richaun Holmes returns to the court later this week.