Thursday, April 15

Wolves beat Kings on D’Angelo Russell’s return


Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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The Timberwolves won on monday night at home against the Sacramento Kings 116-106 in a game in which the Minnesotans recovered their starting point guard, D’Angelo Russell, who after two months out achieved 25 points and became his team’s top scorer.

The top scorer of the game was Sacramento’s point guard, De’Aaron Fox, with 31 points, 13 of them from the free throw line, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. His teammate, forward Harrison Barnes, had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal while Tyrese Haliburton had 9 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

In the Wolves, in addition to D’Angelo Russell (DLo), center Karl-Anthony Towns (KAT) stood out, with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. The two Spaniards from Minnesota had a good night. Power forward Juancho Hernangómez contributed 17 points, 9 rebounds, an assist and a robbery, while the base Ricky Rubio scored 4 points, one rebound, 5 assists, a robbery and a plug.

After the game, Timberwolves coach Chris Fihch praised the role of Hernángomez, who played 25.45 minutes, a time longer than usual for the Madrid player.

Finch said that “Juancho was excellent, particularly in attack.”

The Minnesota team coach also referred to Rubio, who in principle could lose game minutes in the future with the return of DLo, but Finch hinted that he likes to put several players on the court at the same time who can handle the ball and that in his DLo scheme he will act more as a shooter than as a base. The Wolves coach, who came to Minnesota in February to replace Ryan Saunders after the team’s poor start, said “I love having so many players who are able to handle the ball on the court” when asked about his presence on the court. at the same time from DLo and Rubio.

The satisfaction of Finch, as of his players, after the victory against the Kings was evident at the end of the game, and it is that both the Timberwolves and the Kings needed to break their losing streak. Those of Minnesota accumulated two consecutive defeats while those of Sacramento had three. One of the attractions of the game between the two teams in the lower zone of the Western Conference was the duel between rookies Anthony Edwards, number one in the 2020 draft, and Tyrese Haliburton, number 12 in the draft and who is having a great season. with the Kings.

For the local team, the match had the added incentive of seeing the return of D’Angelo Russell (DLo), who has been out for two months following a knee injury. And DLo did not disappoint. The guard-guard, who started the game from the bench, was his team’s top scorer with 25 points.

The two teams showed a great equality from the start of the match. In all the quarters both the Wolves and the Kings were at some point ahead on the scoreboard. Following an early lead by Minnesotans early in the game, the Kings took the lead at the end of the first quarter 26-29 thanks to 12 points from Barnes.

In the second quarter, the Sacramento team held the lead until the 8.39 minute. The Wolves had a 15-4 run and with 4.32 left by the break they were 46-39. But Fox scored 9 straight points in the final three minutes and the teams went into halftime with a 55-55 draw.

The tie remained at the end of the third quarter, 82-82. But in the last 12 minutes, the success of DLo, who had 13 points, and KAT, with his 7 goals, allowed Minnesota to score 34 points in the fourth quarter for the 24 of the Kings, which left the final score in 116-106.

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