DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 18 rebounds to power the Sacramento Kings to a 113-101 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
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Kevin Love had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings Sunday night.
Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was scratched from the Kings’ game Sunday night against Minnesota because of tendinitis in his right knee. Cousins played in the game against Chicago on Saturday night, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the loss to the Bulls.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are struggling, and Ricky Rubio puts a lot of the responsibility on his shoulders. Rubio is shooting just 34.6 percent this season and scoring 8.6 points per game. Those numbers are the lowest of his short career. He had five turnovers and was benched for the fourth quarter of a home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. The magic that made him one of the most exciting players in the NBA when he arrived from Spain has been absent this season while the Timberwolves have started a disappointing 18-20.
Derrick Williams walked off the bus and strolled into Target Center toward the entrance to the visiting locker room. As he put his hand on the door knob and started to open it, he did a double-take to make sure he was headed to the right place. It’s hard to blame Williams for his tentativeness since he had spent the first two years of his career walking into the home locker room in this building. Williams made his return to Minnesota on Wednesday night, a month and a half after the Timberwolves traded the former No. 2 overall pick to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized the trade that sends Derrick Williams to Sacramento for Luc Mbah a Moute. The deal was finished on Tuesday. Williams was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011.
Derrick Williams era ends in Minnesota
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
Coming off a forgettable first half, Tyreke Evans made up for it by playing a memorable final two quarters.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger hopes to play on Thursday at Sacramento for the first time since tearing the meniscus in his left knee in November.
J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes for Minnesota, helping the Timberwolves overcome a weak shooting performance in their season opener and beat the Sacramento Kings 92-80 on Friday night.
Tyreke Evans is still making the adjustment from point guard to small forward for the Sacramento Kings. But Evans certainly looked comfortable Monday night.
Samuel Dalembert had 26 points and 17 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 23 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 127-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.