NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Sacramento 30 23 27 25 105
Minnesota 19 44 30 19 112
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT0:00 , February 25, 2019
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Towns to return as Wolves host Kings

According to STATS
According to STATS

Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Kings won their first two matchups of the season with the Timberwolves, both in Sacramento. Minnesota has won three straight at home over the Kings, including a 132-105 win in the most recent meeting between these teams on December 17.
  2. Sacramento beat the Thunder on Saturday, 119-116. It was the Kings' fourth straight game scoring 115+ points, their longest such streak since a five-game streak in January 2016.
  3. Buddy Hield scored 34 points and made three three-pointers in the win, giving him exactly 200 for the season. He is the third player in franchise history to make 200 three-pointers in a season, joining Mitch Richmond (1995-96 & 1996-97) and Peja Stojakovic (2003-04).
  4. Marvin Bagley III posted his 12th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday. Eleven of those 12 have come in a reserve role, the most double-doubles off the bench by a rookie since Kevin Love also had 11 for the 2008-09 Timberwolves.
  5. The Timberwolves had their three-game win streak snapped with a 140-128 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday. Minnesota led at the end of the third quarter, its eighth loss this season when leading entering the fourth quarter. The only team with more losses is the Grizzlies with nine.
  6. Derrick Rose scored a team-high 23 points in a reserve role, his 14th game this season with 20+ points off the bench. That is the most such games for any player in a single season in franchise history.

Karl-Anthony Towns played in the first 303 regular-season games of his career and had no idea his impressive streak would end this season.

A collision with a semitrailer on a Minneapolis freeway changed the situation for the two-time All-Star.

Towns suffered a concussion during Thursday's car accident and missed two games but he has cleared the concussion protocol and will play in Monday night's home game against the Sacramento Kings, the team announced.

He told reporters at Monday's shootaround that he was "lucky to be alive."

"The accident could have went -- I'd say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive," Towns told reporters. "I hit the 5 percent mark. I'd say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured -- and I came out in the 1 percent."

Towns was a passenger in a car driven by Timberwolves assistant strength and conditioning coach Kurt Joseph; the two were en route to the airport to catch the team's flight for Friday's road game against the New York Knicks.

As traffic slowed in the area, a semi hit the vehicle from behind, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Towns declined medical attention for a minor injury and later took a commercial flight to join the team in New York.

Team trainers diagnosed him with a concussion, and Friday's victory over the Knicks marked the first missed contest of his career. He also sat out Saturday's loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Towns has 37 double-doubles while averaging 23.1 points and 12.0 rebounds, and the Timberwolves certainly missed him during the 140-128 loss to the Bucks.

Minnesota held a two-point edge over the NBA's best team after three quarters before being outscored 33-19 in the final period.

The setback halted a three-game winning streak for the Timberwolves, who look to bounce back against a Sacramento squad that has won six of its past nine games.

The Kings played a splendid game on Saturday night in Oklahoma City when they dispatched Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder by a 119-116 score.

Shooting guard Buddy Hield poured in 34 points in a win he relished -- he played college basketball at Oklahoma -- and the performance came in the first contest since he was berated by coach Dave Joerger for taking a 32-foot 3-point shot (which he made) late in Thursday's 125-123 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

After the on-court tongue-lashing, Golden State forward Kevin Durant, who heard the exchange, reportedly said the following to Hield: "What's wrong with your coach? You made a great shot."

Hield downplayed the incident when asked about it after Saturday's contest. So did Joerger when he addressed the situation prior to the game.

"Those kinds of things do happen and they are resolved when it's over," Joerger said. "What happens on the court happens on the court and things are said. I love him. We have a great group of guys, good chemistry, and we get along very well."

Hield leads the squad with a 20.7-point average, and the Kings are suddenly getting big-time performances from 2018 second overall pick Marvin Bagley III. He has recorded back-to-back double-doubles after having 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Thunder and is averaging 22.5 points over the last four games.

The Kings are 2-1 against the Timberwolves this season but were routed 132-105 on Dec. 17 in their first visit to Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 25, 2019

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