Kevin Martin's 31 leads Timberwolves by Kings

Automated InsightsMarch 17, 2014

Kevin Martin scored 31 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves pull out the close victory against the Sacramento Kings, 104-102. The Timberwolves put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only nine possessions while totaling 23 assists. Minnesota (33-32) picked up the win after falling to Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

Martin shot 8-20 (1-3 from three-point range) and 14-14 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Minnesota included Kevin Love with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Ricky Rubio with 12 points and 9 assists, and Gorgui Dieng with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had another strong game for Sacramento despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 11-21 shooting, including 4-10 from behind the arc. He also tallied 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Derrick Williams added 26 points and 11 rebounds and Rudy Gay finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

The Timberwolves posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.56. This year, they are 10-2 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Kings are 1-7 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.

This drops Sacramento (23-44) to 1-2 against Minnesota on the year.

Coming up next, the Timberwolves take on the Dallas Mavericks, who are 40-27 on the year. The Kings go up against the Washington Wizards, currently 35-31 this season. The Kings have a 0-1 record against Washington this season.