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Kings win interim coach Natt's debut

Kings win interim coach Natt's debut



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Francisco Garcia scored 21 points, John Salmons added 17 and Sacramento beat the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves 118-103 Monday night in the Kings' first game under interim coach Kenny Natt.

A few hours after the Kings fired Reggie Theus and replaced him with Natt, the veteran assistant coach presided over one of Sacramento's best efforts of the season against the Timberwolves, who lost their 10th straight. Brad Miller added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings in just their second win in 12 games.

Al Jefferson scored all of his 22 points in the first half for Minnesota in a meeting of struggling teams that both fired their head coaches in the past eight days. The Timberwolves dropped to 0-5 under Kevin McHale, who replaced Randy Wittman last week.

Natt spent 9 seasons in Utah as an assistant to Head Coach Jerry Sloan. He also played for the Utah Jazz.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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