November 27, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour (13) dribbles the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Ridnour Helps End Timberwolves Skid, Defeats Kings

Luke Ridnour is making the best of his time starting in front of Ricky Rubio for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had his most efficent game when shooting over 10 times and helped end a five game losing streak for the team.

Ridnour scored 18 points on 8-13 shooting and added five assists in a 97-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings. This performance comes off of a awful showing in Golden State three days ago, when he scored just 1-7 shots with his four assists. 18 points marks the second-most points he’s scored in a game; 19 came in a win over Orlando earlier this season

Three-point shooting has still been a problem. He’s gone 0-6 in these last two games and is just 4-19 in the previous six games.

With the reports that Rubio could be back sooner than later, Timberwolves fans are probably happy as opposing point guards are exposing Ridnour’s defense.

Aaron Brooks had seven points, four rebounds, and three assists for the Kings in that loss to the Timberwolves. Previous to that game, he had three straight games with 13 or more points against Utah twice and the Los Angeles Lakers. With his 13 points in 22 minutes against the Lakers, Brooks also picked up four rebounds and three assists.

Efficiency was the key to Brooks’ higher scoring, shooting 70.8 percent from the field and only missing three of his 15 shots against the Jazz in both games with 6-8 made from the perimeter.

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