NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Sacramento
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Sacramento 100, Minnesota 93
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Brad Miller had 12 points and 16 rebounds and provided the game-sealing tip-in as the Sacramento Kings outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-93, at ARCO Arena.
Kevin Martin led the Kings with 29 points, and John Salmons added 19, while Beno Udrih scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds in seeing significant minutes down the stretch in his first game with the team since being released by San Antonio.
Al Jefferson led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but Minnesota couldn't get over the hump to notch its first win of the season.
Rashad McCants finished with 16 and Corey Brewer had 15 for the T'Wolves, now 0-5 on the season.
Miller's two free throws put the Kings up 94-90 with just over two minutes to go, but McCants hit a three to make it a one-point game. Udrih then came off a screen from Miller and canned a jumper from the right elbow, and following a jump ball on which he beat Jefferson, Miller converted a putback of Udrih's leaner to make it 98-93 with less than 15 seconds on the clock.
Martin then hit a pair of free throws to ice it, ensuring that the Wolves would remain winless.
Minnesota faces also-winless Washington Monday in its last chance to earn a win before it equals the worst start in franchise history. The pre-Kevin - Garnett-era 1994-95 Timberwolves began that season 0-6.
"(Sacramento) made the plays at the end that we couldn't," lamented T'Wolves head coach Randy Wittman. "It was a backbreaker."
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the hole at the outset, and the Wolves found themselves with a slim 19-16 lead after one quarter. Salmons and Martin picked the offense up somewhat in the second, and the Kings took a 42-39 lead into halftime.
A back-and-forth, lead-changing pace dominated the third quarter until the Kings ran off an 8-3 run to go up 73-68 with under two minutes to go. But Corey Brewer converted a lay-in and Telfair hit a jumper as the buzzer sounded to tie the game heading into the final stanza.
"In my opinion that was a must-win for us," said Kings head coach Reggie Theus. "It was very important that we win that basketball game. In order for us to stay in the hunt for a playoff position we have to find a way to win games at home...We felt like we let one slip away yesterday (against Cleveland) so it was very important for us to come up with this."
Sacramento went to the line 40 times, making 34 free throws; Minnesota went 18-for-24...The T'Wolves shot just 3-for-14 from three-point range...Theo Ratliff had 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for the Wolves before fouling out late in the fourth.
11/11 02:02:27 ET