• The Sacramento Kings won their third straight game Friday night, beating the Timberwolves on the road 109-105.  Sacramento trailed heading into the fourth quarter, but they were once again able to come back for a late victory.

    Sacramento struggled early with rebounding, and Minnesota was able to capitalize on their extra opportunities, taking the lead despite some struggles on both ends of the floor.  The Timberwolves were also lifted by an incredible performance from Zach LaVine, who led all scorers with 40 points on just 21 shots.

    The Kings were able to win with some gritty defense in the fourth, something that has helped the team comeback in their last three games.  The team has clearly found a blue print for success, and some minor tweaks could really take them to the next level.

    Here are some notes from the game:

    • Garrett Temple did an incredible job shutting down Zach LaVine late, and he appears to be a true game-changer for Dave Joerger.  Temple played just 25 minutes, but one would assume that he’s in line for more minutes moving forward.  His defense and versatility make him one of the best players on the roster.
    • Ty Lawson had another great game, scoring 15 points and dishing out four assists in just over 27 minutes.  Lawson was able to consistently get past whoever was guarding him, and effectively broke down the defense in the process.  Lawson has been a huge part of the team’s recent success, and his revival has been great to watch.
    • DeMarcus Cousins finished with 32 points to go aling with seven assists, seven rebounds, four steals and a two blocks.  One of those steals effectively ended the game late in the fourth, and this was just another example of Cousins stepping up late during the team’s recent win streak.  Cousins is a matchup nightmare, and he is showing just how good he can be when he’s surrounded by good players.

    With the win tonight. Sacramento is now ahead of Portland and Denver in the standings, giving them sole possession of the eighth spot in the Western Conference.  Sacramento now gets two days off before heading home for a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and with the team currently playing their best basketball of the season, they should be very capable of winning their fourth straight game.

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