December 14, 2017, 10:27 pm
The Kings went into Minnesota looking to start the roadtrip on a good note, but a dominant performance from the Timberwolves led to a decisive 119-96 loss for the Kings.
The Kings managed to keep the game within reach through the first two quarters and entered halftime trailing by nine points, but a spectacular half for Karl-Anthony Towns made the lead seem much larger than that.
Towns ended up leading the Timberwolves in the victory, finishing with 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Towns was unstoppable on offense, and his five blocks helped solidify his team defensively.
Minnesota took over the game midway through the third quarter and began the fourth with a 95-71 lead. The Kings got their offense going to begin the final quarter but the team was never able to shift the momentum in their favor.
Sacramento will now have two games off before heading to Toronto Sunday for a rematch with the Raptors.
NOTES FROM THE GAME:
- De’Aaron Fox was forced to exit with just over seven minutes played after running into Towns in the forced quarter. Fox stayed in for a few possessions but the team took him out quickly after it was clear that his leg was bothering him. The team announced later that he would not be returning with a quad contusion, so the injury doesn’t seem to be too serious.
- There weren’t many bright spots for the Kings Thursday night, but George Hill’s performance offensively was encouraging. Hill finished the game with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting including a 4-for-5 night from behind the three-point line. Hill has slowly but surely been looking more comfortable in Dave Joerger’s system, with the last two games being two of his best games of the season.
- The Kings’ defensive struggles were a big part of what eventually sunk them, but one of the bigger factors was their turnovers. Sacramento finished with 14 turnovers against just nine for Minnesota. The team will need to find ways to be more effective defensively moving forward, but giving up less easy opportunities off turnovers would help quite a bit.