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Jon Krawczynski / AP Sports Writer, Published October 27 2010

NBA: Landry leads Kings to 117-116 win over Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS – Carl Landry had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-116 on Wednesday night.

Francisco Garcia scored 22 points and rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Kings.

Luke Ridnour had 20 points and six assists and Anthony Tolliver added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Minnesota in a back-and-forth, entertaining season opener for both teams.

Landry converted a three-point play and knocked down a baseline jumper to give the Kings a 111-107 lead going into the final minute of play.

Ridnour hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one with 56.6 seconds to go, but Beno Udrih fed Omri Casspi for a dunk and hit four free throws to seal the win.

The Kings were playing without star point guard Tyreke Evans, who was serving a one-game suspension for pleading no-contest to reckless driving. Center Samuel Dalembert also missed the game with a strained groin.

The Wolves were short-handed themselves, playing without Martell Webster (back) and Jonny Flynn (hip). Rookie Wes Johnson, the fourth overall pick from Syracuse, has been slowed all preseason with a hamstring injury and was limited to 18 minutes.

Michael Beasley was quiet through the first three quarters, with just eight points and one rebound before coming alive in the fourth. He had nine points and six rebounds to keep the Wolves in it.

The highly anticipated matchup between lottery picks Johnson and No. 5 pick Cousins didn’t play as big a role in the outcome as many thought it would.

Cousins, who left Kentucky after his freshman season, was in foul trouble early.

Johnson played well, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. But Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis was careful with the prized rookie’s minutes in hopes of avoiding further injury to his hamstring.

Cousins spoke earlier in the preseason about wanting to show the four teams who passed on him what a big mistake they made on draft night. He backed off those comments at the shootaround on Wednesday morning, saying, “I’m not even trying to get into all that.”

He didn’t have to wait long to get into it. The Timberwolves picked fourth on that June night, choosing the swingman over the center.

When asked if he had had a chance to speak to Johnson yet, Cousins’ competitiveness came through.

“No I haven’t,” he said with a scowl. “We’re not friends right now. I’m here to play ball. We’ll talk later on. We’ve got plenty of time for that.”

NOTES: Kevin Love had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, but only played 23 minutes. Rambis preferred to go with Tolliver’s energy and defense in the fourth. ... Kings coach Paul Westphal said he wasn’t sure when Dalembert would be able to play in a game. He said he would be evaluated after practice on Thursday. ... Udrih had 18 points and six assists.

Sacramento 27 26 34 30 – 117

Minnesota 23 35 25 33 – 116

SACRAMENTO (117): Landry 8-18 6-10 22, Greene 1-7 3-7 6, Cousins 5-10 4-6 14, Udrih 7-15 4-4 18, Garcia 7-12 6-6 22, Thompson 2-8 3-4 7, Casspi 4-6 2-2 10, Head 3-5 7-8 14, Jeter 1-1 0-0 2, Jackson 1-3 0-0 2, Whiteside 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-85 35-47 117.

MINNESOTA (116): Beasley 6-16 4-6 17, Love 4-11 1-2 11, Milicic 2-5 2-2 6, Ridnour 8-13 2-2 20, Ellington 4-11 0-0 8, Pekovic 3-3 0-0 6, Brewer 1-2 0-0 2, Tolliver 3-8 6-6 14, Koufos 2-3 0-0 4, Johnson 5-10 3-4 13, Telfair 5-9 4-6 15. Totals 43-91 22-28 116.

3-Point Goals – Sacramento 4-11 (Garcia 2-2, Head 1-2, Greene 1-4, Casspi 0-1, Cousins 0-1, Udrih 0-1), Minnesota 8-18 (Ridnour 2-2, Tolliver 2-3, Love 2-3, Beasley 1-1, Telfair 1-3, Johnson 0-2, Ellington 0-4). Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – Sacramento 54 (Landry 11), Minnesota 58 (Love 10). Assists – Sacramento 25 (Udrih 6), Minnesota 22 (Ridnour, Telfair 6). Total Fouls – Sacramento 24, Minnesota 32. Technicals – Milicic. A – 17,067 (19,356).