The Kings were coming off a 28-point drubbing a night earlier by DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans, this game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is exactly what the team needed to heal those open wounds. After scoring just 89 points against the Pels, Sacramento would score just 18 points in the first quarter and fell behind by as much as 16 points. It felt like deja vu all over again until their offense started running on all cylinders for the next three quarters. After a rough start, the Kings began to shoot the ball extremely well against a Minnesota team which ranks 18th in the league allowing an average of 106.1 points per game by opposing teams. Buddy Hield was on fire throughout this game and was key in the first quarter as he scored 7 of the team’s 18 points. In the game, he would connect on 9 of 15 from the field (60%) and 4 of 6 (66.7%) from three-point range and would finish with 22 points, 4 rebounds, an assist and a steal as the Kings’ leading scorer in 34 minutes of action. Buddy has now scored in double-digits in 17 of 20 games since being traded to the Kings and notched his third 20-plus point performance compared to just two games with 20-plus out of 57 games with the Pelicans. All signs show that Sacramento is where Hield belongs and should improve into next season. Be sure to catch our amazing Buddy Hield Minnesota Timberwolves Highlights and share with other fans in your network.
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After three quarters, Hield had already tied his career-high with 22 points and could have certainly hit a 30 point game but these final games for the Kings has been all about opportunity for the rest of the lineup. Of course, we would have loved more Buddy Hield Minnesota Timberwolves Highlights but this is about building towards next season. Head Coach Dave Joerger gave extended minutes to recently acquired sharpshooter Langston Galloway, Aaron Afflalo and Ty Lawson who all scored in double digits off the bench. Their offense powered a second unit which outscored the Timberwolves 66-26 as the trio of Galloway, Afflalo and Lawson scored 17, 16 and 21 respectively. The Timberwolves led most of the first half until reserve center and 19 year old rookie from Greece, Georgios Papagiannis tied the game with this putback slam mid way through the second quarter behind a 37-point scoring quarter for the Kings.
The Kings continued with a 36-point third quarter and a 32-point fourth quarter and led by as many as 15 points early in the final period en route to a 123-117 win at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins led all scoring with 32 points for Minnesota but logged heavy minutes (39) while Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Key Statistics: The Kings bench won the scoring battle and led the comeback from down 16 early in the first half, 66-26. The Kings back to back games with heavy turnovers, giving the ball away 17 times compared to just 11 for the Wolves which converted in 28 points off turnovers. They must take better care of the ball going into next season. Minnesota won the rebounding edge slightly with a 51-48 advantage. Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 10 rebounds. The Kings shot 44 of 78 (56.4%) from the field and a blistering 11 of 19 (57.9%) from three-point range.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves shot 39 of 87 (44.8%) from the field and 9 of 25 (36%) from beyond the arc. Up next, the Kings return home after an agonizing 5 games in 7 days to play the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at 10:30pm EST. Be sure to check out all the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Minnesota Timberwolves Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
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