MINNEAPOLIS(AP) Minnesota rookie Kevin Love made an impressive debut with 12 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes and Al Jefferson had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Timberwolves to a 98-96 victory over the rebuilding Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

John Salmons scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and rookie Jason Thompson had 18 points and 10 boards for the Kings, who nearly rallied to steal the game in the closing minutes.

The Kings had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 33 seconds, but Kevin Martin missed two open 3-pointers, and Salmons' put-back at the buzzer was off the mark.

Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Martin added 17 points for the Kings.


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