Kings vs. T-Wolves score: Minnesota holds off Sacramento to snap 5-game skid

Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE

Snapping a five-game losing streak the Minnesota Timberwolves executed down the stretch to beat the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night behind a strong performance from Kevin Love.

The Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a five-game losing streak with a 97-89 victory on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings behind Kevin Love's 23-point, 24-rebound performance in Sleep Train Arena.

Sacramento saw Tyreke Evans put up 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but it wasn't enough. DeMarcus Cousins added 20 himself, but the Kings were outrebounded 51-36 on the evening.

Minnesota didn't lead in the game until a Nikola Pekovic two-pointer before the end of the first quarter gave the T-Wolves a 27-26 lead despite them giving up 10 first-quarter points to Cousins.

Leading 48-45 at halftime, Love scored nine of his points and grabbed 10 of his rebounds in the third quarter, where Minnesota led by as many as 13. But the Kings went on a 14-4 run bridging the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to reel the T-Wolves back in.

The T-Wolves stretched the lead back to nine points, but turnovers and sloppy play kept Sacramento within reach. The Kings found themselves down 91-89 with just more than a minute to play, but a sound-passing possession gave Pekovic -- one of five Minnesota players in double figures -- an open layup. Love hit a wild shot to beat the shotclock on the next possession, and the Timberwolves escaped Sacramento with a victory.

Andrei Kirilenko added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for Minnesota.

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