NBA: Wolves rally past Kings, end road skid

Field Level Media, Reuters

Posted at Apr 21 2021 01:55 PM

NBA: Wolves rally past Kings, end road skid 1
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) dribbles the basketball against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters


D'Angelo Russell scored 26 of his 28 points in the first half and rookie Anthony Edwards also had 28 as the Minnesota Timberwolves earned a 134-120 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday for their first road win in just over a month.

Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 26 points and 18 rebounds as Minnesota won for the third time in its past six games. 

The Timberwolves improved to 16-43 and no longer have the worst record in the NBA, handing that dubious distinction to the Houston Rockets (15-43).

Harrison Barnes and Maurice Harkless each scored 20 points while Chimezie Metu had 16 as Sacramento lost for the 10th time in the past 11 games.

After a convincing victory Sunday over the Dallas Mavericks, the Kings revived their Western Conference play-in tournament hopes briefly, but they are now six games behind the 10th-place San Antonio Spurs with 14 games remaining.

The Timberwolves trailed by as many as six points early in the fourth quarter before making a late push to end a seven-game road losing streak. 

Minnesota went on a late 14-0 run that was capped by a Towns layup with 2:31 remaining to take a 128-115 advantage.

The Kings welcomed fans back to their home arena for the first time since March 2020, and the teams made sure to put on an offensive show from the outset. The crowd was estimated at 1,600.

The game was tied 74-74 at the break, with Minnesota just missing out on the lead when Towns' 3-pointer from inside half court was ruled to have come just after the buzzer. 

The Kings shot 52 percent in the first half while the Timberwolves shot 50.9 percent.

Minnesota kept up the torrid pace, shooting 56.7 percent from the field in the game and 41.9 percent (18 of 43) from 3-point range. Sacramento shot 45.4 percent in the game and 42.9 percent (18 of 42) from long distance.

Jaden McDaniels added 13 points for the Timberwolves, and Josh Okogie and Naz Reid had 10 each. Ricky Rubio dished out 11 assists for Minnesota.

De'Aaron Fox and Delon Wright scored 14 points each for the Kings. Hassan Whiteside finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in just his third start of the season.