Timberwolves snap their road losing streak, beat the Kings 98-89
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After 260 days, 17 road games and coming so close Tuesday night in L.A., the Timberwolves won a road game, beating the Sacramento Kings 98-89 at Arco Arena.
The Wolves played a competitive road game for the second consecutive night, a far cry from there first four where they lost by an average of 30 points.
Before the season started Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said he expected different players on the young roster to step up and different nights.
The past two games must have been exactly what he was talking about.
A night ago, it was Kevin Love who had a career night against the Lakers. 24 hours later it was teammate Michael Beasely taking over the game and having a career night of his own.
Beasley scored 27 points in the first half en route to a new career high 42 points. Beasley sparked the Wolves with 18 points in the first quarter which was good for 2nd most 1st quarter points in franchise history.
Beasly also added nine rebounds, two assist and a steal.
Nights like Wednesday are why the Wolves took a minor risk on Beasley, who was basically dumped by Heat after two seasons filled with off the court issues. Beasley showed the explosive scoring spark that made him a star in his one year at Kansas and worth a number-two overall pick two years ago.
Keep in mind, Beasly is only 21 years of old and has a bright future ahead of him.
Love followed up his 23 point 24 rebound night with a slow start. Love failed to get into a rhythm early and had no points and six rebounds through three quarters. After getting off the bench with 8:38 left in the 4th quarter, Love scored all eight of his points and added another three boards to finish with nine on the night.
On paper, the starting point guards in this game—Sebastian Telfair for the Timberwolves and Tyreke Evans for the Kings—appeared to be a mismatch, but it was Telfair who outplayed Evans and made the Wolves, at least temporarily, forget about their point guard injuries.
Telfair scored 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting and played 40 minutes. Telfair beat the Kings with scoring a night after nearly beating the Lakers with nine assists.
Telfair's biggest play of the night came with 9:02 remaining when he drew a charge on Evan's in transition to send him to the bench with six fouls, causing the Kings to play down the stretch without the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year.
Wayne Ellington (thigh contusion) was available off the bench but did not get into the game. Ellington now has a day off to rest his legs.
The Wolves finished their 1-3 road trip with momentum and now head home to take on the New York Knicks Friday night at Target Center.