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Domantas Sabonis debuts in a big way with Sacramento

The arrival of Domantas Sabonis to the Sacramento Kings has been one of the most discussed movements of the winter market. In the operation, the California franchise had to get rid of its young promise Tyrese Haliburton for the Indiana Pacers to give their consent.

However, we can say that the arrival of Sabonis to the Kings has already had its first blow. In his debut he had a double-double, received a terrible blow to the face in the third quarter and in the process ended a streak of five consecutive wins by the T-Wolves by beating them 119-132.

Sabonis left until the 33rd minute to get 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists on 10 of 19 shooting from the field. From the initial jump it has been clear that Alvin Gentry has named him master and lord of the painting.

His teammates Justin Holiday, who started, and Jeremy Lamb also had their first minutes with the Kings. Holiday was somewhat more discreet with 6 points and 4 assists, and Lamb exceeded thirty minutes to add 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Other highlights from Sacramento were Harrison Barnes, who could be traded at the last minute of the market, with a magnificent game: he led the scoring baton with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists with 8 of 11 shooting from the field and an almost perfect 4 of 5 from long distance.

For his part, the call to be the franchise player De’Aaron Fox seconded his teammate Barnes with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 of 10 shooting.

In the Timberwolves, D’Angelo Russell was the maximum exponent with 29 points and 10 assists; Anthony Edwards got 15 of 26 points from him alone in the first period; and Karl Anthony-Towns finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 basket passes.

On the next day the T-Wolves move to the United Center to play against Billy Donovan’s Chicago Bulls, and the Kings will begin an away tour in Washington where they have not lost since last 2019.

(Cover photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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