Final Score: Minnesota 97, Sacramento 89
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Love scored a game-high 23 points and
pulled down 24 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-89 win over
the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
"It was one of the most complete games I've seen him play. He wasn't forcing
anything. He passed the ball. He set screens. He did whatever we needed,"
Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman said.
Luke Ridnour had 18 points and five assists and Nikola Pekovic scored 16 to go
along with eight boards and four assists for the Wolves, who snapped a five-
Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists and Malcolm Lee
chipped in with 10 points in the victory.
DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans each scored 20 points and Marcus Thornton
had 12 points off the bench for the Kings, who have alternated wins and losses
the past four games following a five-game skid.
"Too many mental miscues down the stretch," Kings head coach Keith Smart said.
Minnesota lead 83-74 with eight minutes left following Love's slam, but the
Kings chipped away and pulled within 91-89 with 1:20 left. Sacramento,
however, couldn't get a basket the rest of the way as the Wolves outscored the
Kings 6-0 over the final 80 seconds.
Minnesota took a 27-26 lead after the first quarter after shooting 63.2
percent (12-for-19) from the field. Kirilenko, Pekovic and Ridnour each netted
six in the frame and Love chipped in with five over the first 12 minutes.
The Wolves led 48-45 at the break, despite shooting 8-for-21 from the floor,
and were able to push their cushion to 75-67 after three. Love dropped in nine
points in the third and grabbed 10 boards while Ridnour chipped in with eight
points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Love's 24 rebounds were a season high. His career high is 31 ... The Wolves
out-rebounded the Kings 51-36 ... The Kings forced 17 turnovers.
11/28 03:07:20 ET
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