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(Associated Press) Sacramento forward John Salmons, left, drives to the basket past Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic during the first quarter Thursday in Sacramento, Calif.

Timberwolves fall in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and six assists, Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night and the Sacramento Kings earned their third straight home win, holding off the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98.

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The Kings are 6-5 over the last three weeks and their 19 home wins are the most over the previous three seasons.

Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost two straight and four of five. Injury-plagued Minnesota has dropped 21 of 28 games since Jan. 8. The Timberwolves have lost nine straight and 17 of 18 on the road.

Ricky Rubio had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves.

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