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.
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.