Barea sparks Timberwolves in 92-80 win vs. Kings

Barea sparks Timberwolves in 92-80 win vs. Kings
November 2, 2012, 10:42 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: Jose Barea #11 of the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Sacramento Kings during the season opening game on November 2, 2012 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists in 28 minutes for Minnesota, helping the Timberwolves overcome a weak shooting performance in their season opener and beat the Sacramento Kings 92-80 on Friday night.

Brandon Roy pitched in 10 points, six assists and five rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists as both players returned to NBA action for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.

Isaiah Thomas had 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter for the Kings, who trailed for most of the game but overtook the Wolves for a stretch after halftime. Reserve Marcus Thornton had 15 points, but DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans were quiet.