MINNEAPOLIS — D’Angelo Russell scored 25 factors in his return from knee surgical procedure and Karl-Anthony Cities had 23 factors and 13 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 116-106 win in opposition to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night time.
Anthony Edwards scored 19 factors for Minnesota and began the Timberwolves’ push within the fourth after the groups went backwards and forwards for 3 quarters. Russell continued Minnesota’s push forward with a pair of 3-pointers within the fourth. He scored 13 of his factors within the fourth.
Russell got here off the bench in his first recreation since Feb. 8. He missed 26 video games.
Juancho Hernangomez added 17 factors and 9 rebounds for the Wolves off the bench as Minnesota’s reserves outscored Sacramento’s bench 60-16.
De’Aaron Fox had 31 factors for the Kings, who misplaced their fourth in a row. Harrison Barnes added 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and Buddy Hield scored 18.
The veteran Barnes helped Sacramento to a powerful begin with 12 of his factors coming within the first quarter. However, Neither workforce may draw back.
Minnesota used a 10-2 run to shut out the third after the Kings’ appeared to take management and stored the working going within the fourth with Edwards regularly bulling his option to the rim on drives. Russell, on a minutes restriction, then supplied a closing punch.
Kings: Hassan Whiteside returned after lacking six video games with proper knee soreness. Whiteside performed 13 minutes and had seven factors. … Marvin Bagley III missed his 12th straight recreation with a damaged bone in his hand, however coach Luke Walton mentioned he’s understanding and can “rejoin the workforce quickly.” … Hield was fined $20,000 by the NBA for steering inappropriate language towards officers following Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee.
Timberwolves: Coach Chris Finch mentioned Russell’s minutes can be “fairly restricted. ” Since buying Russell in a commerce from Golden State on Feb. 6, 2020, Cities and Russell have performed a complete of six video games collectively. … Ricky Rubio returned after lacking two video games with again spasms. … Jaylen Nowell missed the sport with a proper tibia contusion.
Minnesota introduced that guard Malik Beasley will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a left hamstring harm after he had an MRI reveal a Grade Three harm. The workforce mentioned he’ll be reassessed in three weeks.
Beasley, who missed 12 video games earlier this season because of a suspension, missed the earlier recreation with the harm. He’s second on the workforce averaging 19.6 factors this season.
The sport marked the return to followers at Goal Heart for the primary time because the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The introduced attendance was 1,436. Beforehand, Minnesota had lifted restrictions to 250 family and friends in attendance.
Kings: Return residence to face the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
Timberwolves: Journey to Indiana to play the Pacers on Wednesday.