The Minnesota Timberwolves without Jimmy Butler took it to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, as a 34-17 third quarter drubbing lead to a 118-100 victory.
1. The Wolves had three players over 20 points, and all five starters reached double figures. Karl-Anthony Towns led all scorers with 26 points on a nearly perfect night as he shot 9-10 from the field and a perfect 8-8 from the line. Andrew Wiggins then added 22 points on 8-15 from the field, 1-3 from beyond the arc, and 5-6 from the line. Jeff Teague also put up 20 points, as he shot poorly from the field 4-14, but went 11-12 from the free throw line and sunk one of two threes. jag Gibson added 15, and Nemanja Bjelica put in 12 points.
2. The Wolves were elite shooting the ball on the night. The went 39-75 from the field, good for 52 percent, then went 7-16 from three or 43.8 percent, and shot 33-36 from the line or 91.7 percent.
3. The Wolves also dominated the paint. The Wolves out rebounded the Kings, 48-36 led by Towns' 17 rebounds. Gibson took in five, Bjelica grabbed seven, and Gorgui Dieng grabbed six off the bench. They also outscored the Kings in the paint, putting in 52 points to the Kings 42. For the night the Wolves were 23-37 in the paint, which included scoring 18 points in the paint in that 34 point third quarter.
1. There really are no negatives in this one. Teague could've shot better from the field, and the Wolves could've slowed down Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere in the paint as they combined for 37, but in the end, the Wolves won every important category and there's no reason to nitpick.
The Wolves are off the next two nights and play again on Thursday as they play in Portland at 9:30 against the Trail Blazers.