This is the latest (in the season) the Wolves have been above .500. Last time was Jan. 21, 2007, when the Wolves were 20-19. With this win the TWolves are on a 3-game winning streak. This is their second three-game win streak of the season and the first time since 2008-09 that the Wolves have had two or more three-plus straight wins in the same season.
The Timberwolves remain at 10th in the Western Conference after this win as they move two games above the Memphis Grizzlies who they play tomorrow night.
Let's take a look at some key performers in tonight's victory for both teams...
N. Pekovic: 23pts, 10rebs, 3stls, 2blks, 4tos, 5fls, 9-12 FG, 5-5 FT, in 37 min.
M. Beasley: 17pts, 14rebs, 3tos, 3fls, 7-21 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT, in 31 bench min.
D. Williams: 14pts, 8rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 3blks, 1fl, 5-10 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-8 FT, in 26 min.
Ricky Rubio: 6pts, 6rebs, 14ast, 5stls, 4tos, 4fls, 2-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-4 FT, in 37 min.
M. Thornton: 22pts, 4rebs, 1ast, 1to, 2fls, 7-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 5-7 FT, in 31 min.
J. Fredette: 13pts, 3rebs, 3ast, 2stls, 1to, 1fl, 5-8 FG, 3-5 3PT, in 17 bench min.
D. Cousins: 10pts, 11rebs, 1stl, 2tos, 5fls, 3-13 FG, 4-6 FT, in 25 min.
The Kings got a big performance from Jimmer who came off the bench and played 17 minutes. His contribution came in the final quarter when he was a key part of the Kings' late rally. He scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter! A big part of the win was Pek keeping DMC in check. He was only able to play 25 minutes and there were a number of plays where Nikola just made him look ridiculous!
Let's take a look at some team stats from tonight's game...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TOs (PTS off)
Even without Kevin Love the Wolves were still able to out-rebound the Kings. Granted it was just a +1 but the Wolves had the edge! Thanks to Pek they also edged Sacramento in points in the paint: 44-36. The turnovers were up and the points that the Kings scored off them was also WAY to high! The TWolves were able to force the Kings into 19 themselves however!
That's all for now. Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!