(Sports Network) - In a matchup between two of the worst the WesternConference has to offer, the Sacramento Kings will entertain the MinnesotaTimberwolves Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings have alternated wins and losses over the last six contests and arecoming off Tuesday's 116-101 victory over the playoff-bound Los AngelesClippers. Marcus Thornton scored 25 points and Toney Douglas added 19 for theKings, who got 17 points apiece from DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans.
Thornton buried 6-of-10 3-pointers and Douglas hit 3-of-5 from downtown.
"It felt good," Douglas said of his performance. "It would have been just asgood if somebody else would have hit them, as long as we win. If we win, I'mhappy."
Sacramento made 50.7 percent of its shots and hit 14-of-28 3-pointers. Cousinshas posted double-doubles in each of his last three games.
The Kings, winners of back-to-back games as the host, are 18-15 at home andwill play three of four road games after hosting the Wolves.
Minnesota is mired in an eight-game road losing streak and opened a three-gamewestern junket with Monday's 92-77 loss at Memphis.
Alexey Shved had a team-high 12 points, while Mickael Gelabale and J.J. Bareascored 11 points apiece for the Wolves, who have dropped 11 of 14 gamesoverall and fell to 7-26 away from the Twin Cities.
"The first six to seven minutes of the third quarter they just jumped on us,and we never really responded the right way," said Minnesota center NikolaPekovic, who had nine points and five rebounds in his second game back sincemissing eight in a row because of injury.
Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio left the game after coming down awkwardly on afast break with about three minutes to go in the third quarter. He went to thelocker room briefly with a minor groin strain. Rubio never returned andtallied just two points and two assists.
Rubio is probable against the Kings.
The Timberwolves will end the trip Friday at Phoenix and have taken the firsttwo matchups with Sacramento this season. Minnesota has won four of the lastsix encounters with the Kings and has never swept a season series againstthem.
Despite a 97-89 victory at Sacramento on Nov. 27, the Wolves have stilldropped seven of 10 meetings in California's capital city.