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Published March 16 2014

Timberwolves work way past Sacramento Kings

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Martin poured in 31 points and Kevin Love tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota held off visiting Sacramento 104-102.

Rookie Gorgui Dieng started at center in place of Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and posted career highs for points (12), rebounds (11) and blocks (five) for the Timberwolves.

Sacramento 29 25 20 28 — 102:

Minnesota 32 21 24 27 — 104:

SACRAMENTO (102)

I.Thomas 11-21 1-2 27, Gay 6-15 2-3 14, Gray 2-3 0-0 4, McLemore 2-4 0-0 4, R.Evans 4-6 0-0 8, J.Thompson 2-6 2-3 6, Dr.Williams 8-15 8-10 26, Outlaw 3-7 0-0 6, Acy 0-3 0-0 0, McCallum 3-5 1-1 7. Totals 41-85 14-19 102.

MINNESOTA (104)

Kv.Martin 8-20 14-14 31, Love 9-15 5-7 26, Dieng 5-7 2-6 12, Rubio 3-8 5-7 12, C.Brewer 5-9 0-0 10, Cunningham 1-7 0-0 2, Barea 1-6 2-2 5, Hummel 2-4 2-2 6, Mbah a Moute 0-0 0-0 0, Budinger 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 30-38 104.

3-Point Goals: Sacramento 6-19 (I.Thomas 4-10, Dr.Williams 2-4, Acy 0-1, Gay 0-1, McCallum 0-1, Outlaw 0-2), Minnesota 6-17 (Love 3-6, Rubio 1-1, Barea 1-3, Kv.Martin 1-3, C.Brewer 0-1, Hummel 0-1, Budinger 0-2). Fouled out: McLemore. Rebounds: Sacramento 57 (Dr.Williams 11), Minnesota 44 (Dieng 11). Assists: Sacramento 17 (I.Thomas 7), Minnesota 23 (Rubio 9). Total Fouls: Sacramento 25 (McLemore 6), Minnesota 17 (Rubio 4). A—13,171.