NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Minnesota
(Friday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 116, New Orleans 108
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Randy Foye scored eight of his 24 points over the final two minutes, burying a pair of three-pointers to help seal the game as the Timberwolves knocked off a short-handed New Orleans team, 116-108, for their first win at the Target Center over the Hornets since December of 2005.
Foye had four of Minnesota's 10 three-pointers while Rodney Carney came off the bench to stroke a trio of three-pointers en route to 15 points.
With the Hornets minus their big men in centers Tyson Chandler and Hilton Armstrong for a second straight game due to injury, Al Jefferson cleaned up the boards -- doubling up his closest counterpart with 14 rebounds to pair with 24 points.
"We bounced back. I'm really proud of this team," Jefferson said of the team's ability to rebound from a tough loss in Utah on Tuesday. "Every game that we've lost over the last 14 games -- we've followed with a win. We never did that before -- earlier this season or last season. You can't go 82-0; it's how you respond to losses."
Craig Smith also donated 15 points to the cause for the streaking Timberwolves, who after starting the new year with just six wins -- have ripped off eight in their last 10 games.
Mike Miller chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the win, Minnesota's fifth in the last six games at the Target Center.
James Posey was deadly with the long-range shot, making seven of his eight field goals count for three in posting 24 points. Fresh off being named a starter for this year's All-Star game on Thursday, Chris Paul logged 23 points and a game-high 12 assists for New Orleans, which was aiming for a fourth consecutive victory.
The Hornets were also without All-Star forward and second-leading scorer David West, who sat out a third straight contest with back spasms. Peja Stojakovic checked in with 17 points and Rasual Butler 12 in the setback.
New Orleans had emerged victorious in each of its last five visits to Minneapolis prior to Friday.
"I told them how good this team had been playing," Hornets head coach Byron Scott said in warning his team of a streaking bunch of T'Wolves. "We told them you better keep these guys off the glass and away from the free throw line -- and that's the game."
Jefferson was dominant early in the third with a jumper, three-point play and then a slam to wipe out Minnesota's five-point halftime deficit and knot the game at 60.
A Ryan Gomes three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Smith provided a 65-62 lead at the seven-minute mark before Posey started raining down threes -- three straight for New Orleans -- and Paul put the visitors up 81-79 entering the final stanza with a fade-away bank shot.
The teams continued to play it close in the fourth with the three-point shot dominating the landscape. Carney and Stojakovic traded triples in the early going before Sebastian Telfair buried one for a 91-85 lead at 9:15.
Posey, though, went off again, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game at 91. A short time later, the T'Wolves ran off eight straight points capped with a Carney triple for a six-point lead with just under five minutes left.
Yet another Posey three-ball and a Stojakovic fade-away jumper brought the visitors back within 103-101 just past the three-minute mark, but Minnesota used the three to pull away.
Foye buried back-to-back long distance shots for a 109-101 advantage with 1 1/2 minutes to play and a pair of missed opportunities on New Orleans' end left the door open for Kevin Love to all but clinch the game with a trip to the hoop for two.
New Orleans took a 30-25 lead after the first 12 minutes, benefiting from a 9-3 spurt to close the frame on Butler's three-pointer.
The T'Wolves found themselves down 11 after Paul drove to the hoop for two with two minutes left in the second, but then rattled off the next eight points capped by a running bank shot by Foye.
Paul, though, got to the line just before halftime and sank a pair and the Hornets managed to keep their same advantage going into the break, 56-51.
These teams met for the first time this season Friday...New Orleans fell to 12-7 on the road this season...Friday's win began a stretch of four home dates in five games for the Timberwolves, who are now 7-13 at the Target Center this season...New Orleans hit 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from three-point range while the T'Wolves' 10 long distance makes came on 21 attempts...Jefferson had his 23rd double-double of the season by halftime...Minnesota is tied with Orlando for the best overall record (8-2) since January 1.
01/23 23:45:11 ET