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Travis Outlaw #25 of the Sacramento Kings dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 18, 2012 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. (credit: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Travis Outlaw #25 of the Sacramento Kings dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 18, 2012 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. (credit: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 24 points and the Sacramento Kings used a strong second half to beat the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 115-99 on Sunday night.

The Kings were tied at halftime, but gained the lead for good by outscoring Minnesota 33-25 in the third quarter. Sacramento quickly built on its eight-point lead after three quarters and the Timberwolves trailed by double digits for much of the fourth.

Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, John Salmons added 15 and Jason Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Chuck Hayes had a season-high 12 points and eight rebounds.

Kevin Love had his 33rd 20-10 game, scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, losers of three straight and four of five. Derrick Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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