MINNEAPOLIS (Parlay Game) – Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and 21 rebounds on his return from the concussion protocol, allowing the Minnesota Timberwolves to avoid the Sacramento Kings for a 112-105 victory. on Monday.
Derrick Rose added 20 points and Tyus Jones 16 points, eight assists and three interceptions for the Timberwolves, who split the previous two games without Towns, while he was recovering as a result of a road accident last week involving the car in which he was driving . The accident ended Towns' series of 302 consecutive attempts to start his career in the NBA.
Rookie Marvin Bagley III had 25 points and 11 rebounds and De' Aaron Fox scored 23 points for the Kings (31-29), which, like the Timberwolves (29-31), are just below the playoff threshold of the Western Conference with the Los Angeles. Lakers between them. The Kings, who have not reached the playoffs since 2006, started the evening tied in the column of defeats with seventh place San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Wolves took a 17-point lead in the third quarter before being offended – they had 22 turnovers in the game, one of their season's top – and saw their cushion disappear.
The quick arrival of Bagley with 9:22 to go brought the Kings to a figure for a number for the first time in the second half. After Andrew Wiggins managed a three-pointer trick – he scored one in seven goals behind the bow – to draw the madmen out of the crowd, Harrison Barnes made two free throws for his first points of the match who have reduced to 106-101 in advance. with remaining 3:43. But Jones concocted two key games on the defense, and Rose let the rider who sealed the game sink with 29 seconds left to push his head past two possessions.
Kings coach Dave Joerger came out of the break from the stars last week by placing Barnes in the lead position, placing Bogdan Bogdanovich in first place and sending Nemanja Bjelica to the second unit.
Two games later, Joerger brought another surprise change to the rotation by bouncing Bogdanovich back on the bench, bringing Barnes back to position "3" and giving the 6-foot-11 Bagley the second pick in the overall draft. Last summer, just his second start to the season with big cities probably playing a role in moving to a larger lineup. The extra size did not help, Towns resumed the match with a second quarter to 18 points.
The Kings were leading with 13 points at the end of the first quarter, a start powered by a Wolves score from 0 to 10 from 3 points, but Taj Gibson kicked off the rally with his usual grinding work before the Towns go. The double ally, barely 23, made three points and a dunk at the windmill to finish a quick break in a 20-1 Wolves race that led them 48-39.
Kings: Barnes finished with just two points on 0-4 shots on the ground, his lowest total since a one-point game for Golden State on March 31, 2015. In six games since coming into an exchange with Dallas, Barnes is only 21 for 65 on the field and 7 for 30 to 3 points for 62 points.
Timberwolves: Rose scored three points with 3:56 left in the third quarter for an 86-70 lead, thus ending a 0-22 stretch from the back of the bow. Having missed six games with an ankle injury during that period, Rose played her last game on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia.
Kings: Start a four-game family match on Wednesday against Milwaukee, leader of the Eastern Conference.
Timberwolves: Start a three-game trip Wednesday in Atlanta.