Kings 114, Timberwolves 100

Heading into the fourth quarter with a 33-point lead and victory

nearly assured, the biggest drama remaining for the Sacramento

Kings was whether Tyreke Evans would get his second triple-double

in five days.

A rookie point guard, Evans didn’t get the triple-double, but

the Kings still got the lopsided victory.

Evans had 29 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the

Kings over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-100 on Sunday night.

On a night when even his erratic jumper was going in, Evans shot

10 of 19, including two 3-pointers, and made all seven free throws.

He left the game with 6:04 remaining when Kings coach Paul Westphal

decided emptying his bench was more important than leaving Evans in

the game to pursue one more rebound.

“If I got it, I got. If not, it was OK,” Evans said. “I knew

I was close. He just left me in longer than what he should have. I

was attacking and trying to get the triple-double.”

Evans, who recorded his first career triple-double Wednesday

against Toronto, scored 24 points in the opening half to help

Sacramento assume a 64-49 lead. The Kings scored 15 unanswered

points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including 11

from streaky-shooting Donte Greene, to push the lead to 30.

“I don’t think we let him (Evans) have anything, he just took

it,” Minnesota center Ryan Hollins said. “He got to the hole and

he started hitting jump shots. When he started hitting jump shots

that was pretty much the end of things.”

Greene had 19 points and eight rebounds, helping the Kings avoid

their fifth loss in six games. Jason Thompson had 15 points and

eight rebounds, Carl Landry scored 13 points and Andres Nocioni had


“I thought that Donte really had a good rhythm on his shot,”

Westphal said. “He had great balance, took his time, took good

shots, and really helped break the game open.”

Al Jefferson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Not even a 39-20 edge in the fourth quarter could prevent Minnesota

from losing its ninth straight.

Minnesota played its second straight game minus injured Kevin

Love, the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. Wayne

Ellington had 15, Ryan Gomes scored 14 and Ramon Sessions had


Following a subpar 10-point game Friday night in a lopsided loss

to Portland, Evans had surpassed that total even before the first

quarter ended. After sitting out half of the second quarter, Evans

entered the game and quickly took over, scoring the Kings’ final 12


With the Kings comfortably ahead, Evans went into passing mode

in the third quarter, getting seven assists. Greene had a

crowd-pleasing, one-hand dunk off Evans’ pass and scored 13 points

to help the Kings take a 94-61 lead into the fourth quarter.

“His night was sensational. He (Evans) started off kind of

slow, then when we got some stops and got in the open floor he was

just unbelievable attacking the rim,” Westphal said. “I think

he’s going to have lots and lots of triple-doubles in his career.

No, he wasn’t begging to go back in.”

Although these teams seem headed for the NBA draft lottery, the

Kings appear to own the brighter future right now. Sacramento won

its 23rd game, while the Timberwolves (14-52) are 1-15 since

beating Memphis on Feb. 6.

“What they have to understand is that a lot has to come from

within,” Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said. “There is no rule or

law that you he a night to be given anything in this league. No one

is going to hand you wins.”

In the opening half, the Timberwolves were demonstrating why

they allow the second-most points per game (nearly 107) in the NBA.

The Kings had 23 points off the fast break, shot 48 percent and

committed only four turnovers.

Defense has become such a frustrating aspect for the

Timberwolves that both Al Jefferson and Kevin Love questioned the

game plan of Rambis following a loss to Denver on Wednesday.

NOTES: The Timberwolves have lost 16 of 18 away from Minnesota

and started a stretch of six of seven road games. … Evans started

strong, getting 12 points and four rebounds in the opening quarter

when the Kings led 32-28. … Damien Wilkins ended the first

quarter with a 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer.