Sacramento, CA – The recent loss to Portland is now behind them. The Sacramento Kings played team ball in their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-110. Leading the way was rookie phenom Tyreke Evans who was just shy of his second career triple-double in a week.
“Coach let me stay in longer than I should have,” said Evans. “I was attacking the boards trying to get a triple-double.”
Five players were in double digits and the Kings controlled the tempo throughout the entire game. Evans sparked the run early by scoring 24 of his 29 points in the first half, before he finished with 29 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Donte Greene picked up the slack late in the 2nd quarter finishing with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
“It felt good taking shots in rhythm and not forcing them up,” said Greene. “We were having fun playing basketball out there tonight.” “We like to say we have a quarterbacks attitude and leave past loses behind us while moving forward.” “Our focus now is Tuesdays game against the Lakers.”
Despite a record of 23-44 and being eliminated from the playoffs, Sacramento wants to finish this season strong. Every game matters and every win counts for this young team. Preparing for next season’s push for the playoffs is a goal that is taken very seriously.
“We don’t worry about stats on this team,” said coach Paul Westphal. “Our only concern is winning!” “This is the kind of game we look for every night.”
Minnesota had nothing to stop Sacramento’s run tonight. The Kings limited their shots all night while forcing turnovers throughout the game. Al Jefferson led all scores for the Timberwolves with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Wayne Ellington added 15 points and Ryan Gomes had 14 points and 6 rebounds.
During the second quarter Francisco Garcia had a mild scare when he collided with a Wolves player hitting his elbow and immediately asked to be taken out. He returned at the end of the period.
“I hit my funny bone and it hurt,” said Garcia. “This was an especially huge win for us, we had energy the entire game and Tyreke was big tonight.”
A strong and likely candidate for Rookie Of The Year, Evans displayed unselfishness in the third quarter finding open men all over the floor. He’s dynamic on all ends of the court and only looks to get better especially with his jump shot.
“I am going to work hard on it this summer and try and come back with that in my game,” Evans said. “Once I get that, it’s going to be a tough night for whoever is guarding me.”
Written by Malaika Bobino