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[MINNESOTA] — The Minnesota Timberwolves played host to the Sacramento Kings last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 117-123 defeat. The loss bumps Minnesota's record down to 30-45 on the season, while the victory gives Sacramento a 30-47 total on the year. Though the loss stings nonetheless, Timberwolves fans can take solace in the fact that the club's offensive output was above and beyond what the team has displayed so far this season. It may not help come playoff time, but there are worse things than being outplayed by a solid opponent.

While there were no historic individual performances to speak of, Ricky Rubio's 11 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists, 0 blocks and 2 steals in 37 minutes will serve fantasy owners well. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Rubio himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Minnesota will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Unable to match Rubio's numbers, Ty Lawson can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Lawson's 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists led the Kings in the winning effort.

It's game like this where it's clear that they can't all be victories. Though the Timberwolves would come out of this one empty handed they can rest assured that they did their jobs on the defensive end. Should Minnesota maintain their defensive fortitude, it's likely that they'll find their way back into the win column soon enough.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Kings, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Dallas Mavericks.

Timberwolves Stats

Roster P R A B S M
R. Rubio116130237
K. Towns261120140
A. Wiggins32331039
G. Dieng11821337
K. Dunn4330119
B. Rush11210022
A. Payne630207
T. Jones6130111
S. Muhammad6200016
O. Casspi4200012

Kings Stats

Roster P R A B S M
T. Lawson212110125
W. Cauley-Stein151030227
B. Hield22410134
A. Tolliver8433028
L. Galloway17300015
A. Afflalo16220026
D. Collison7070126
G. Papagiannis4601020
S. Labissiere6600020
B. McLemore7300018
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