Slumping T’wolves lose again
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and six assists, and Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, as the Sacramento Kings earned their third-straight home win—holding off the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98 last night.
The Kings are 6-5 over the last three weeks, and their 19 home wins are the most over the previous three seasons.
Injury-plagued Minnesota has dropped 21 of 28 games since Jan. 8, including nine-straight and 17-of-18 on the road.
Ricky Rubio added 12 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which beat the Kings twice this season.
Both Derrick Williams and Greg Stiemsma had 12 points while Dante Cunningham added 11.
The Kings survived a miscue at the end when they were leading by three points and Evans turned the ball over on a poor pass after penetrating to the basket.
But Cunningham missed a three-pointer at the other end with one second left that would have sent the game to overtime.
DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento. John Salmons scored 13 while Patrick Patterson added 11.
There also was news off the court for the Kings yesterday.
Mark Mastrov and Ron Burkle have brought Vivek Ranadive aboard in a move that should strengthen their bid to keep the team in Sacramento.
Ranadive, the chairman and chief executive of TIBCO Software in Palo Alto, Calif., appears to be the new leader in the bid to buy the team.
Ranadive also is a limited partner and vice-chairman of the Golden State Warriors.
He would have to sell his share of the Warriors if he became an owner with the Kings.
Sacramento is trying to keep the team and prevent it from being sold to a Seattle group headed by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.
The NBA board of governors is expected to vote in mid-April on the fate of the Kings.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Portland beat Chicago 99-89 and Denver nipped Philadelphia 101-100.