The Minnesota Timberwolves lost two straight entering Sunday's game, including a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Sunday's game won't go down as one of the Wolves best of the season, but they did just enough to defeat the lowly Sacramento Kings 111-106.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns was outstanding in this game and was a major key to the victory. Towns scored 29 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out six assists, with one steal and three blocks. He did this during 37 minutes on the court, hitting 10-17 shots, 207 from three, and was a perfect seven for seven from the free throw line.
2. Towns wasn't the only one to have a positive day offensively. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points, Andrew Wiggins put in 16, and Taj Gibson tallied 15, and Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford both scored 12.
3. A big fourth quarter was key to the Wolves' win. The Wolves turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead, as they outscored the Kings 36-26 in the fourth. In the quarter the Wolves were lethal from three, hitting four of five from beyond the arc. To that point, they shot 37-74 from the field for the game, good for 50 percent, and went 9-24 from three (thanks to that 4-5 in the fourth), and went 28-32 from the line which is 87.5 percent.
1. The biggest reason for the Wolves having to make the fourth quarter comeback was due to a poor third quarter. The Wolves had a 56-54 lead at halftime, but then in the third the Wolves offense went silent, scoring only 19 points while being out scored 26-19 in the third. The Wolves went 8-16 from the floor, but couldn't make a shot outside the paint. Meanwhile, the Kings went 3-6 from three, and shot 12-19 for the quarter.
2. The Wolves also struggled to rebound the ball. The Kings out-rebounded the Wolves 50-42 in the game, as the Kings grabbed 15 offensive rebounds for the game. Kosta Koufos had 10 rebounds off the bench, while Willie Cauley Stein grabbed seven, and Zach Randolph had six.
3. The Wolves did finish the game with a good percentage from three, but they were horrible through the first three quarters. The Wolves went 5-19 from three through the first three quarters, which was a putrid 26.3 percent.
The Wolves are back home again on Tuesday with a big test coming at 7 p.m. against the Houston Rockets.