On the last contest of a four-game road trip, the Minnesota Timberwolves escaped Sacramento with a 105-104 double-overtime win. In the process, they registered their first victory of the month and snapped their 11-game losing streak.
The Kings, on the other hand, suffered their fifth straight loss.
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In a game that saw both teams struggle to knock down shots from the field, here are the biggest takeaways:
Timberwolves hold on in 2OT
With Karl-Anthony Towns missing his fifth straight game, the visiting Timberwolves needed to share the scoring load and so they did despite their key players having an off-shooting night.
Gorgui Dieng was the pick of the players as he recorded 21-point, 15-rebound double-double on 7-of-13 shooting from the field in 41 minutes of action.
GORGUI GIVES- Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 27, 2019
GORGUI GOES pic.twitter.com/64GzBFuNRx
However, the other three players who finished in double figures shot less than 42.1% from the field - Andrew Wiggins (18 - 4/19 FG's), Robert Covington (19 - 8/19 FG's), and Jeff Teague (15 - 5/17 FG's). The team as a whole shot 36-of-104 (34.6%) from the field and 10-of-46 (21.7%) from beyond the arc.
In the fourth quarter, where the Timberwolves rallied from eight points down to force overtime but in both extra periods they needed to hold on to their early leads to win. They couldn't hold on to their early 5-point lead in the first overtime but they did hold on (just about) to their early 7-point lead in the second overtime.
Injury bug hits Kings again
Early in the season, two members of the Kings' young core - De'Aaron Fox (17) and Marvin Bagley III (22) - missed multiple games but both had returned mid-December.
In this game, the team saw both these young guns leave the game due to injuries. Fox left very early into the first quarter with back spasms while Bagley left after playing 20 minutes due to left foot injury.
There were no update on either player after the game but the latter was seen leaving the arena in a boot.
Kings forward Marvin Bagley III leaves the locker room in a walking boot after exiting the game in the third quarter with a foot injury. pic.twitter.com/rqmYDHtJPA- Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) December 27, 2019
Career-night for Richaun Holmes in vain
Richaun Holmes was by far the best Kings player in this game. He recorded a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds (career-high) to go along with this three assists, two steals, two blocks, and a team-high +5 in his 45 minutes.
A career-high night for @rich_holmes22 with 1️⃣8️⃣rebounds 🙌 pic.twitter.com/WnDVPynYxu- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 27, 2019
Despite just committing 12 turnovers, rough shooting from key players didn't allow the Kings to run away with this game. The scoring trio of Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, and Bogdan Bogdanovic combined for 47 points on 16-of-60 (26.7%).
However, the Kings have a chance to get back on track with five of their next seven being very winnable.