The Wolves missed a shot at the buzzer. The Wolves once again jumped out to a great start against the Kings on Thursday night in Sacramento, but didn’t have enough as the lost 101-98. The Wolves on their first of back to back road games had Chase Budinger back on the court for the first time since November. Chase finished the night with 9 points and 4 rebounds in 17:23 of action. Budinger also hit the only 3 point basket on the night for the Wolves, who shot 1-18 on the night.
The Wolves had 5 players score in double figures, led by Nikola Pekovic with 18. Dante Cunningham, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams all finished with 12 points and JJ Berea had 11 for the Wolves. Pek also finished the night with 12 rebounds and Ricky was 1 assist shy of also having another double double himself.
The Wolves held a lead all throughout the first half, and led by as many as 12 at one point in the second quarter. The Kings battled back in the 3rd quarter as both teams kept it close for the remainder of the 2nd half. The Wolves couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch as the Kings finished the night shooting 53%, led by Isaiah Thomas who had a game high 24 points. The Wolves finished the game shooting 42%, but it was shooting 1-19 from 3 that hurt the Wolves more than anything.
The Wolves will look to break their current 2 game skid against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix with a 9 pm tip.