The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100 Monday night in Northern California. The Timberwolves are now 38-26 on the season and are in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference.

The Wolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Jeff Teague continued his recent hot streak with 20 points and seven assists.

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Skal Labissiere paced the Kings with 20 points.

The Wolves are now 2-0 since Jimmy Butler's knee injury and currently hold a half-game lead over San Antonio for third place in the West, with 18 games left in the regular season.

The Timberwolves will play at Portland Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 9:30 p.m.

The game with the Blazers kicks of a difficult stretch of games in which the Wolves will play eight teams in a row with records currently sitting at .500 or better.