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Fox and the Kings show hustle, but the Timberwolves pull away to keep streak alive

Willie Cauley-Stein, right, and the Kings couldn’t hold off Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Willie Cauley-Stein, right, and the Kings couldn’t hold off Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Minneapolis. The Associated Press

Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 111-106 victory over the Kings on Sunday at Target Center.

The win was the 13th in a row at home for the Timberwolves (35-24).

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings (17-38) with 23 points. Buddy Hield scored 16 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 points and a team-high eight assists.

Sacramento has lost its last two games and has the worst record in the Western Conference.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Early attack

Fox scored 14 points in the first quarter to help the Kings to a 29-23 lead. He didn’t wait for Minnesota’s Jeff Teague to dictate the game.

When Fox plays the way he did Sunday, he’s at his best.

Late stops

The Kings led 80-75 after three quarters, but when it mattered most, the Timberwolves seemed to be able to find their shot.

The Timberwolves scored 36 points in the fourth quarter. That’s too many to give up while trying to win on the road.

Hustle stats

The Kings outscored the Timberwolves 22-11 in second-chance points and forced 17 turnovers.

But the Kings committed 19 turnovers, which proved too much to overcome.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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