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November 27, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Timberwolves

FINAL
Timberwolves 97, Kings 89

The Kings hope of a second two-game winning streak came to an end thanks to a dominant performance by Kevin Love.

Love posted the first 20-20 game of the season with 23 points and 24 rebounds to lead Minnesota (6-7) and end a five-game losing streak.

Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each had 20 points apiece for the Kings (4-10).

Love, however, outrebounded the Kings' starters by himself (24-20). The Kings shot 44 percent after shooting better than 50 percent in three consecutive games.

THIRD QUARTER
Timberwolves 75, Kings 67

The Kings haven't found their shooting touch from the previous three games and continue to lose ground.

The Kings are shooting 43.1 percent.

Kevin Love has a lot to do with the Minnesota's lead. The All-Star forward had 17 points and 21 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

The Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins much of the quarter. He picked up two fouls, with his fourth being a unique double foul.

One official called Love for a block, another called Cousins for a charge. So the double foul was called.

Without Cousins to contend with most of the quarter, Love grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cousins has a team-high 14 points for Sacramento.

HALFTIME
Timberwolves 48, Kings 45

Minnesota is still in the lead, thanks to 50 percent shooting and 30 points in the paint.

The Kings have 12 points from DeMarcus Cousins and 10 from Marcus Thornton off the bench.

But the Kings have yet to attempt a free throw while the Timberwolves has shot eight free throws.

Nikola Pekovic leads Minnesota with 12 points. Kevin Love has 11 rebounds and eight points.

Minnesota led by as many as nine points in the second quarter before Keith Smart was able to get his entire starting lineup in to settle things down.

FIRST QUARTER
Timberwolves 27, Kings 26

DeMarcus Cousins already had 10 points and Tyreke Evans has seven, but the Kings are down thanks to the hot shooting of the Timberwolves.

Minnesota made 12 of 19 shots and every starter has at least four points. Luke Ridnour, Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko all have six points.

The Kings scored seven points off six turnovers by Minnesota.

The Kings led by as many as seven points, but the Timberwolves ended the quarter on a 17-9 run.



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