No, you read it right. This is not an early April Fool’s gag. The Sacramento Kings did lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their fifth and final game of the road trip.
The Timberwolves (14-60) snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Kings (24-51), who are on a streak of their own. The Kings have lost their last six games.
The Kings followed up last night’s terrible third-quarter performance, where they scored 14, with a second quarter in which they only scored 13.
Minnesota’s big men controlled the paint and ultimately the game.
Minnesota shot 56 percent compared to the Kings’ 46 percent. The Timberwolves are known just as well for their shooting as they are for their winning.
Sacramento could not stop Minnesota down low.
The infamous Darko Milicic scored 15 points, grabbed 10 boards and had five blocks. Milicic averages 5.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game and was able to get his third double-double of the season against the struggling Kings.
Al Jefferson and Kevin Love also contributed to the handling of the Kings, adding double-doubles as well.
Even though Tyreke Evans tied his career-high in assists with 13, the Kings were unable to muster a comeback victory. The Kings made a few runs late, but it wasn’t enough. Evans added 20 points along with three steals.
Donte Greene and Carl Landry also contributed, with Landry scoring 22 and Greene adding 21. Greene shot eight for 13 from the field and made five of six three-pointers.
Add Spencer Hawes to the list of wounded Kings as he sat out with a left hamstring contusion. Garcia (wrist), May (knee) and McGuire (foot), are also injured.
The Kings fly back to Sacramento tonight, where they will get some time to practice before they play the Portland Trailblazers. The Kings look to get their first win against the Trailblazers this season.
&ldquoPeople have texted me a lot saying I got a chance to make history,” Evans said before the game in an interview with Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear. “I try to not let it get to me, but I’m (going to) just go out there and play my game and help my team win.”
Although they didn’t get the win, Tyreke got closer to 20-5-5, currently needing only 107 points and 15 boards in the next six games to etch his name in the history books.