NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-52) at Sacramento Kings (22-44), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams headed for the NBA Draft Lottery tangle in Sacramento tonight as the Kings play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sacramento lost for the fourth time in five outings on Friday when Brandon Roy poured in 28 points and finished 10-of-13 from the field, leading Portland to a 110-94 rout of the Kings.
Carl Landry had 18 points to pace for Sacramento, which has dropped six in a row to the Blazers.
"They're a very long team," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "It's one of the strengths of their defense. They can guard several positions and they're experienced at that."
Tyreke Evans had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who also received 17 points from Francisco Garcia, 15 from Jason Thompson and 13 from Beno Udrih.
The Wolves, meanwhile, were trounced by San Antonio on Friday when Richard Jefferson and George Hill each scored 19 points and the Spurs beat Minnesota for the 11th straight time, pulling away for a 103-85 victory at the Target Center.
Wayne Ellington tied a career-high with 17 points in a reserve role for Minnesota, which lost its eighth in a row. Al Jefferson tallied 13 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (14-52), who continue to hold the worst record in the Western Conference. They've lost 14 of their last 15 contests.
"We came out and played real aggressive with a lot of energy, having fun. We came out after halftime kind of dead," Ellington said. "If we put that second half on, we'll definitely see a win. It'll make everybody feel better."
The Wolves snapped a four-game skid to Sacramento with a 112-96 win in Minneapolis on Dec. 18.
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