Power forward Kevin Love was honored for his 53-game double-double streak by the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to their game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday afternoon, but it was all down hill from there as Love left in the second quarter due to a groin injury and the Wolves dropped the game 127-95.
Love was held to just three rebounds and zero points in 14 minutes and 14 seconds of court time before leaving in the second quarter. The Wolves best player winced in pain and had trouble getting up and down the court, eventually checking himself out of the game with 3:18 to play in the first half. He went straight to the locker room and the team said he would not return.
The Wolves, who were outscored 70-47 in the second half, were led by Luke Ridnour's 22 points and four assists. Anthony Randolph replaced Kevin Love as the second half starter, but the newly-acquired forward turned the ball over seven times and picked up four fouls in addition to his 14 points.
The Kings were led by Samuel Dalembert as he scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the absence of Love. Guard Marcus Thornton flirted with a triple-double by scoring 23 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds.
The Wolves are now off until Thursday when they visit the Mavericks in Dallas.