Wolves Caged By Kings

Kings 127 (17-51) - Timberwolves 95 (17-54) | Target Center

Wolves Writer

How it happened:
The Minnesota Timberwolves felt the absence of Kevin Love in dramatic fashion, falling 127-95 to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday afternoon.

Minnesota started strong behind 10 first quarter points from Darko Milicic, but then lost its leader as Love exited the game in the second quarter and did not return with a sore left groin. As the Wolves attempted to play with an injured Michael Beasley and without Love, Minnesota struggled immensely during the second half from both ends of the floor. Love played 14 minutes and recorded 0 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Beasley finished with 13 points, but was rather ineffective due to a lingering bruised hip that was suffered Friday night in Los Angeles.

The Wolves narrowed the deficit to 81-75 behind a 12-3 run led by Luke Ridnour and Michael Beasley, but the Kings responded with a dominating 21-0 run to take a huge fourth quarter lead.

Sacramento had weapons from inside and out, led by Samuel Dalembert and Marcus Thornton. Dalembert controlled the paint with his strong and lengthy frame and took advantage of Love’s absence to wipe the glass clean. Dalembert finished with a game-high 26 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, the newly acquired Thornton continued his offensive tear since the trade deadline, recording 23 points and 9 assists.

Leader of the Pack:
Luke Ridnour did everything he could to keep his team in contention by taking control of the offense with an aggressive attack. The point guard scored 12 of his team-high 22 points during the third quarter rally to give the Wolves a slight chance for a comeback.

Rookie Report:
After dropping a career-high 29 points on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, Wesley Johnson managed to score only two points tonight. Inconsistency has been a theme for the rookie, who often struggles to receive enough attempts to catch any type of rhythm. Tonight, Johnson shot just 1-of-5 from the floor.

Looking Ahead:
The Timberwolves will have several days to get healthy and regroup before traveling to face the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.

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