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Kings vs. Timberwolves 2012 results: J.J. Barea scores 21 points in 92-80 win

J.J. Barea leads Timberwolves to win in season opener.


The Minnesota Timberwolves won their season opener over the Sacramento Kings, 92-80, Friday.

J.J. Barea led all scorers with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting off the bench. Barea also had five assists and four rebounds.

Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko were the only other T-Wolves players in double figures, scoring 10 points each. Minnesota led, 50-42, at halftime. The team briefly lost the lead in the third quarter, but regained control of the game. Dante Cunningham had seven points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Both teams shot the ball poorly. Minnesota shot 37 percent from the field and Sacramento shot 36 percent. The Kings were 3 for 16 from three-point range and the Timberwolves were 2 for 17.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 20 points. Marcus Thornton had 15, DeMarcus Cousins had 11 and Jason Thompson scored 10. Eight of Thompson's 10 points came in the first half. Cousins was limited to just 25 minutes after picking up four fouls in the first half.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.