MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Al Jefferson had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Darko Milicic also got a double-double to help the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 108-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Jonny Flynn added 18 points while Corey Brewer scored 19 for Minnesota. Carl Landry scored 22 points and Donte Greene added 21 for the Kings.
The Timberwolves tied their franchise record of 16 consecutive losses on Sunday night that began after a win at Miami on Feb. 23. Minnesota had also lost 10 consecutive home games since beating Memphis on Feb. 6.
Sacramento has lost five in a row and 11 of its past 13 road games.
Milicic, whom the Timberwolves acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Knicks, continued his strong play for Minnesota. After not playing for most of this season, Milicic scored in a variety of ways and had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in six games.
He was part of the reason the Timberwolves dominated Sacramento inside throughout the game, outrebounding the Kings 46-33. Minnesota also tied a season high with nine blocked shots.
As has been the case for much of this season for Minnesota, this victory didn't come easy. After a strong third quarter and start of the fourth, the Timberwolves led 94-74 when Wayne Ellington hit a 3-pointer with 8:11 to play. Sacramento went on a 16-2 run to make the ending interesting.
When Kings rookie Tyreke Evans made one free throw with 3:08 to play, the Kings were within six, 96-90.
After Jefferson scored inside and Brewer made a three with 2:09 to play, Minnesota stretched its lead back to 101-92. Brewer put the Timberwolves ahead 104-94 with an acrobatic 3-point play with 1:02 remaining and put an exclamation point on the victory with a steal and dunk with 34 seconds left.
Sacramento has now failed to reach the 100-point mark in six consecutive games.
Evans, who recently missed five games after a concussion, played in both ends of Sacramento's back-to-back. After scoring 17 points on Tuesday night, Evans finished with 20 points against the Timberwolves.
Leading by nine at halftime, the Timberwolves (15-60) avoided a poor third quarter, something that has happened frequently this season for the team with the worst record in the Western Conference.
Minnesota used a 9-0 run in the third quarter and led 67-51 when Brewer hit an 18-foot jumper with 7:32 to play in the third quarter. When Sasha Pavlovic, who reached double figures for only the second time since mid-November, hit a jumper with 4.3 seconds to play in the third quarter, Minnesota led 87-70.
NOTES: The Timberwolves played without forward Damien Wilkins, who missed the game because of an upper respiratory illness. The team hopes he can return for Saturday's game against Miami. ... The Kings played without Spencer Hawes, who was in street clothes after suffering a left hamstring contusion in Tuesday night's loss at Indiana. ... Omri Casspi was in uniform, but did not play for Sacramento. He missed the game at Indiana because of illness. ... Before the game, the Timberwolves sent forward Nathan Jawai to Sioux Falls in the NBDL. Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said Jawai, who is athletic for his size, needs to play extended minutes.