Pekovic had 12 points and Love had eight points and 11 rebounds in the opening half as the Timberwolves built a 48-45 advantage. Cousins scored 10 points for the Kings.
NOTES: The Kings didn’t attempt a free throw until the 7:52 mark of the third quarter. ... Cousins scored eight straight Kings points in a 2-minute stretch of the first quarter. Three of his baskets were long perimeter shots. ... Minnesota shot 63 percent in the first quarter when it scored the final seven points for a 27-26 lead. ... Former Kings big man Brad Miller, who retired last season, sat in a courtside seat by the Minnesota bench. ... A starting forward the first nine games this season, Derrick Williams didn’t play for the third time in four games for the Timberwolves.