Kings come on strong late to beat Timberwolves 121-110

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) battles for position against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA ba

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) battles for position against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA ba

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA ba

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA ba

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) and Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-S

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) and Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-S

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first h

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first h

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) gets around Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) for a basket during the first half of an NBA basket

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) gets around Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) for a basket during the first half of an NBA basket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein had 25 points, Nemanja Bjelica scored eight in a row during a big run late in the third quarter and the Sacramento Kings beat the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 121-110 on Friday night to spoil a huge game for Karl-Anthony Towns.

De'Aaron Fox added 16 points and 10 assists for Sacramento. Iman Shumpert scored 17 and Bjelica finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Coming off back-to-back losses to East powers Milwaukee and Toronto, the Kings led by 15 early in the fourth quarter but had to hold off a late surge by Minnesota to end a three-game losing streak to the Timberwolves.

Towns had a season-high 39 points and 19 rebounds on a night when Minnesota's inconsistent offense sputtered much of the way.

The Timberwolves trailed by 14 midway through the fourth before Derrick Rose made consecutive 3-pointers to start a 12-0 run. Minnesota had a chance to tie the game but Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 3:19 left.

Sacramento scored the next seven points to pull away.

Rose had 21 points, five assists and six rebounds. Butler was a game-time decision but played 41 minutes and had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The Timberwolves are 0-8 on the road.

Sacramento missed 11 of its first 14 shots and fell behind by 12 early in the first quarter. Cauley-Stein helped rally the Kings in the second, scoring eight points as Sacramento took a 63-61 halftime lead.

Towns made his first five shots and was 7 of 9 in the first quarter when Minnesota jumped out to a 12-point lead. He cooled off a bit in the second but made two 3s and had 29 points and eight rebounds by halftime.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Two days after setting a franchise record with 20 3-pointers, the Timberwolves failed to find their stroke beyond the arc, going 7 for 25. . Andrew Wiggins (bruised right quad), Jeff Teague (bruised left knee) and Justin Patton (right foot) were held out.

Kings: Kosta Koufos made a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer to end the first quarter. . Bogdan Bogdanovic, who underwent a pair of left knee procedures in the offseason, was rested two days after making his season debut.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host the Nets on Monday.

Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday.

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