Kings Takeaways: What We Learned From Record Night Vs. Timberwolves


SACRAMENTO -- The run and gun Sacramento Kings hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center and put on a show for the home crowd. 

The Kings' guards pushed the tempo and the team caught fire from long range to open up a big fourth quarter lead. Minnesota fought to pull within five late, but Sacramento punched back to come away with the 141-130 win. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings picked up their second straight win to moved to 15-12 on the season.

Revenge game

Nemanja Bjelica spent most of the last three seasons sitting in a corner waiting for a pass from Minnesota teammates that was usually not coming. 

The Serbian-born forward has found a home in Sacramento at the power forward position and against his former team, he gave them a look at what could have been. 

Bjelica finished the game with a team-high 25 points on 9-for-15 from the floor and 4-of-9 from long range. He added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the win.  

Yogi steals baskets

Yogi Ferrell lost the second team point guard minutes to Frank Mason during training camp and has hardly played this season in Sacramento. In a surprise move, Dave Joerger turned to the 25-year-old in the first quarter against Minnesota and he instantly energized the Kings. 

Ferrell pushed the tempo and hit shots. With both Ferrell and starter De'Aaron Fox flying up and down the court, the T-Wolves looked tired and ready to go home in the fourth.

In a breakout performance, Ferrell earned a longer look, finishing with 17 points on 4-of-4 shooting from downtown and six assists in 16 minutes of action. 

The 3-ball

The Kings caught fire from long range. Seven different players hit from behind the arc for a new franchise record 19 makes from deep. 

Buddy Hield led the way with five makes. Ferrell and Bjelica knocked down four each as Sacramento shot 19-for-38 as a team. 

Sacramento outscored the Timberwolves 57-27 from 3-point range on the evening.

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