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.