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Wolves edge Kings to extend home win streak

Karl-Anthony Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves dunks against the Sacramento Kings on February 11, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jordan Johnson, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Karl-Anthony Towns’ 22-footer broke a late tie Sunday night, and the Minnesota Timberwolves went onto beat the Sacramento Kings 111-106 in Minneapolis for their 13th consecutive home win.

Towns led all scorers with 29 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Rookie De’Aaron Fox had 23 points for the Kings, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

The Timberwolves led 56-54 at halftime, but the Kings ran off from a 69-all tie to go up 80-75 by the end of the third period. Vince Carter contributed a 3-pointer to Sacramento’s 11-6, quarter-ending run.

Minnesota got even again at 81-all on a hoop by Jimmy Butler with 9:34 to go, and the clubs battled on even terms until Towns’ tiebreaking basket put the Timberwolves ahead for good at 98-96 with 3:18 remaining.

Jeff Teague hit a key basket as Minnesota led by as many as five in the late going, but a 3-pointer by Buddy Hield allowed the Kings to close within 108-106 with 11.1 seconds to play.

Butler then assured the home winning streak would continue with a pair of free throws with 7.5 seconds to go, and Teague completed the scoring with one foul shot after a Sacramento turnover.

Butler finished with 18 points and Andrew Wiggins added 16 points to go with eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who haven’t lost at home since Dec. 16 against Phoenix.

Towns matched Wiggins’ team-high rebound total with eight, and he also had six assists.

Taj Gibson added 15 points and Jamal Crawford 12, while Teague completed a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 assists for the Timberwolves.

Hield backed Fox’s 23 points with 16 off the bench for the Kings, who were tipping off a three-game trip.

Bogdan Bogdanovic chipped in with 13 points and a team-high eight assists, and Kosta Koufos registered a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Sacramento.

Zach Randolph (12 points) and Willie Cauley-Stein (10) made it six players in double figures for the Kings.

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