MINNEAPOLIS It took only 13 seconds for DeMarcus Cousins to be called for his first foul.
And from there, it seemed the fouling never stopped.
It led to another frustrating loss for the Kings, 92-80 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Target Center.
Sacramento was called for 34 fouls and has 63 in its first two games this season, both losses.
The Kings held the Timberwolves to 36.8 percent shooting from the field (32 of 87) while shooting 36 percent (32 of 89).
But the Timberwolves shot 36 free throws, 20 more than the Kings.
"We're fouling, plain and simple," Kings guard Isaiah Thomas said. "Some of them were questionable, but we're not playing great defense (when we foul). We've just got to stop fouling. We're being more physical, but the refs aren't really liking it."
The Kings want to defend aggressively this season. But they're being a bit too aggressive.
"We're trying to play physical, but I think they got a lot of cheap fouls and maybe in the second half they had a couple of good fouls," Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans said. "We just didn't play good offensively."
The Kings also haven't figured out how to adjust to tightly officiated games.
After being the worst defensive team in the NBA last season, the Kings don't want to be pushovers anymore.
Kings coach Keith Smart doesn't want his team to stop being aggressive. He wants it to play smarter.
"I think we've got to stay at the point where we're still being aggressive, and we've got to adjust to the officials," Smart said. "The night the whistle is going to be a little free, we've got to adjust to that. I thought some of things that happened out there could have gone either way, but we've got to learn how to adjust to that."
That's especially important for Cousins, who has 10 fouls through two games and has played only 50 minutes.
Cousins led the NBA in fouls and charges drawn last season. But trying to draw charges has led to fouls early this season.
Cousins' fifth foul Friday came when he tried to draw a charge on guard J.J. Barea in the third quarter.
"I feel like a rookie, like I've got to prove myself all over again," Cousins said.
Smart said Cousins might have to change how he defends the paint to stay out of foul trouble.
"He's trying to do what his instincts tell him to do, be in position to take the charge," Smart said. "But (he's) just got to get back to being a shot blocker more so than taking a charge until this thing evens out for him."
Amid the fouls, the Kings fell behind by 18 in the second quarter before using a 31-9 run over the second and third quarters to lead 58-54. They later led 61-56.
The second-quarter run was spurred by Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton, and Thomas was hot in the third.
But the Kings fell into bad habits that allowed the Timberwolves (1-0) to regain the lead in the third quarter.
"We were up five, and we just took a lot of quick shots," Evans said. "On the road, we've got to be better and make better decisions."
Thomas finished with a team-high 20 points, and Thornton had 15 points off the bench.
Fredette had six points, all in the second quarter, after playing only six seconds Wednesday at Chicago.
Barea came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points.