Jan 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) defends in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gay Leads Sacramento Kings Past Minnesota Timberwolves


 

Rudy Gay scored 33 points—14 of them in a big second quarter that gave the Sacramento Kings a double-digit lead—and the Kings held off a late charge by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 111-108 win at the Target Center in Minneapolis Wednesday night.

Sacramento took its biggest lead of the fourth quarter, 91-77, when Derrick Williams—playing his first game in Minnesota since he was traded to the Kings in late November—splashed a 20-foot jumper with 9:03 remaining in the game.

The Timberwolves chipped away, getting the deficit to nine on a layup by J.J. Barea with 3:05 to go, triggering an 8-0 run that was capped by Alexey Shved’s layup with 1:01 left that made it a 102-99 Kings’ lead.

After DeMarcus Cousins scored off a feed from Gay, Kevin Love buried a 3-pointer with 39.9 seconds to go that made it 104-102 Sacramento. Barea converted a three-point play on a layup and a foul by Isaiah Thomas to make it 109-108 Kings with 4.6 seconds left, but Thomas made a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds to go and Barea’s late heave was off target.

The win was Sacramento’s fourth in its last five games and dropped Minnesota to 0-11 in games decided by three points or less.

Gay also had six assists to go with his 33 points and was 12-for-19 from the floor. Thomas added 26 points and seven assists and Cousins finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Williams scored 16 in his Minnesota return and Jason Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds.

Love led the Timberwolves with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Barea all scored 14 points, with Pekovic blocking three shots. Shved finished with 13 points and three steals and Corey Brewer scored 12 points. Ricky Rubio posted five assists and three steals for Minnesota.

The Kings were a solid 45-for-82 (54.9 percent) overall, 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-19 (84.2 percent) from the free-throw line. Minnesota was 39-for-88 (44.3 percent), 8-for-20 (40 percent) and 22-for-29 (75.9 percent).

Sacramento was able to overcome 20 turnovers, as Minnesota was only able to turn them into 14 points. The Kings created 13 points off 12 Timberwolves’ miscues.

The Kings continue the road trip Friday night when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff at the FedExForum is set for 5 p.m. Pacific.

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