Tonight, the Sacramento Kings hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at Arco Arena. The team entered the game 1-4 on the strength of a win over Memphis in their last outing.
For most of the first half, the Kings' Kevin Martin and John Salmons were able to exploit the Timberwolves' defense. Martin and Salmons combined for 24 first-half points and the Kings went to the break leading 62-55.
The Kings' defense held Al Jefferson and Mike Miller to just seven first-half points, each.
After three quarters, the Kings lead 92-79 behind another strong quarter from John Salmons and some great post play from Spencer Hawes. Hawes made running hook shots with each hand, as well as a couple of jumpers. Hawes also kept up his streak by hitting a three pointer in his sixth straight game to open the season.
Kevin Martin came out and hit a jumper, drifting to his right to start the fourth quarter. The play set the tone for the rest of the game. The game was never in doubt again as the Kings cruised to a 121-109 win.
Brad Miller had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut after serving his suspension to start the year.
Beno Udrih had his first strong game of the year, scoring 15 points and putting pressure on the Wolves' defense by attacking relentlessly.
For the first time this year, the Kings looked like they actually had a plan on offense. They ran variations of the double high post offense, with Spencer Hawes, Brad Miller, and Mikki Moore rotating at the post spots. Most importantly, they ran a lot of draw and kick plays with point guards Beno Udrih and Bobby Brown taking screens at the three point line and trying to drive the basket and make something happen.
On this night, the Kings were firing on all cylinders and took the win easily. They move to 2-4 and will host Golden State on Friday night.