The Kings made a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in a 141-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Ferrell called on early
Yogi Ferrell started the Kings’ first two games of the season, but in recent contests, he’s been used sparingly.
The third-year guard wasn’t called on in five of Sacramento’s last 10 games and averaged just over four minutes when he did play.
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On Wednesday, he was called on early and provided a spark that carried over to the fourth quarter.
Subbing in for De’Aaron Fox with 3:16 left in the first quarter, Ferrell had eight points and three assists.
He returned with about two minutes left in the third and before exiting for the final time with 6:34 left in the fourth, he boosted his final numbers to 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting — including 4 of 4 from outside the arc, three of those in the final period — to go with six assists.
The scoring total is a season high, five better than the 12 points he put up in the Kings’ season-opening home loss to the Utah Jazz.
“Hats off to Yogi Ferrell about being a professional and being ready for an opportunity,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We preach that with our young guys – staying ready, staying ready, staying ready. Heck of a game.”
Bjelica lights up his old team
Before signing with the Kings, Nemanja Bjelica spent his first three NBA seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The forward had a solid shooting night against his former club. He went 9 for 15 overall, including 4 for 9 from 3-point range, to lead the Kings (15-12) with 25 points.
“Happy to see Nemanja hit a couple shots down the stretch,” Joerger said. “That always feels good when you’re playing against your former team.”
It was Bjelica’s second night with at least 20 points and was one fewer than the season high he put up in a home win over the Washington Wizards on Oct. 26.
Another solid effort from Bagley
Before missing the first two contests of his career, Marvin Bagley III was on a tear, averaging 16.3 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent over six games six games while recording the first three double-doubles of his career.
The Kings’ rookie big man went out had his best overall outing since returning to action.
In 26 minutes against the Timberwolves (13-15), Bagley had his fourth double-double with 17 points in an highly efficient night on offense. he shot just five times, making four, and was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.
He also had 10 rebounds after collecting a total of five in the previous three games.
“Some games the ball doesn’t go your way – some nights it just goes like that,” Bagley said of his boards. “I just tried to come out tonight and focus on that part of my game and everything just connected for me tonight.”