DEMARCUS Cousins and Ty Lawson came up big in the fourth as the Sacramento Kings fought back from a 9-point deficit and held on late to spoil Zach LaVine’s career game and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-105, at the Target Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
The Kings trailed by as much as nine, 82-73, near the end of the third but went on to outscore the Timberwolves 31-20 in the fourth period. Cousins did most of the damage on offense early, scoring 12 of his 32 in the quarter, before coming up with some defensive stops with Lawson taking over down the stretch, adding nine markers in the period as well.
Sacramento took a 106-101 lead with 3:02 remaining as Cousins hit the game’s final field goal before the Kings proved steady in hitting their free throws in the closing seconds to hold off the Timberwolves.
The Kings also hit a season-high 15 triples, five from Anthony Tolliver off the bench, on 51.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc to neutralize LaVine’s career-high 40 points including a personal-best seven treys.
Cousins finished with 32 points, while Tolliver and Lawson scored 17 and 15, respectively, for the Kings (13-17) who have won their third straight game.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, who fell to 9-20 with the loss. Andrew Wiggins added 15 markers and Ricky Rubio contributed a season-high 13 points and eight assists.