The Minnesota Timberwolves won on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings by a score of 112-105. Let’s look at player grades from the win.
The Minnesota Timberwolves won on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings by a final score of 112-105. It was a key win for several reasons, most significantly because the Kings are right in front of them in the Western Conference standings.
After Monday’s win, the Wolves are tied with the Lakers for No. 10 in the West, two games behind Sacramento for No. 9 and three games behind the No. 8 spot.
The Wolves were coming off of a 1-1 mark on the road after the All-Star break before returning home. They won in New York and lost in Milwaukee without Karl-Anthony Towns, who was injured in a car accident. Thankfully, he was able to come back on Monday night and dominate in the win over the Kings.
The Wolves shot 42-of-83 (50.6 percent) from the field and 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) from 3-point range. Minnesota turned things around in the second quarter after coming out of the gates slow.
Thanks to a 20-1 run in the second, the Wolves were able to surpass Sacramento and never looked back, building a lead well into the teens before a late Kings run made things a three possession game.
But Minnesota was able to stem the tide and rebuild a comfortable lead in the final couple of minutes of the game to win their second game in three tries since the All-Star break.
The rest of the players
Anthony Tolliver didn’t have himself quite the night that he had against the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks. He had just four points on 1-of-4 shooting and surprisingly didn’t hit a 3-pointer in Monday night’s win.
The Timberwolves will look to get a road win against the Atlanta Hawks at 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The Hawks have not been good this season and these games against lower-tier teams are must-wins.