NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at New Orleans
(Saturday, November 20th)
Final Score: Minnesota 99, New Orleans 94
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Eddie Griffin had a season-high 23 points off the bench to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the hapless New Orleans Hornets, 99-94.
The Hornets extended their franchise-worst start to 0-8. It marks the longest losing streak for the Hornets in 11 years.
Griffin connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and grabbed seven rebounds. Minnesota committed just eight turnovers in the contest as it improved to 5-3.
"My teammates did a good job of finding me and I was knocking it down," Griffin said. "I've been working hard after practice and it's paying off."
Kevin Garnett added 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who never trailed in this one. They scored eight of the game's first 10 points and maintained the lead the rest of the way.
A Junior Harrington jumper got the Hornets within 29-28 with just over six minutes left in the first half. But a 10-2 Minnesota burst extended the T- Wolves lead to 39-30. A three-pointer by Fred Hoiberg sparked the run.
Minnesota led 46-37 at the intermission, and extended it to 70-60 entering the final 12 minutes. In the fourth, the Timberwolves extended the lead to as many as 16, at 78-62, on a Fred Hoiberg jumper with just under nine minutes left. But Newly acquired Matt Freije of the Hornets made things a bit interesting in the waning moments, as he canned a trio of three- pointers down the stretch to get the crowd on its feet.
Lee Nailon led the Hornets with a season-high 21 points off the bench. David Wesley added 14 points and four assists for New Orleans.
The Hornets are eight games under .500 for first time since 98-99.
The Hornets did end a streak in which they allowed three straight teams to have one player score at least 30 points...New Orleans managed to get to the foul line 15 times in this game, making 11, after tying an NBA record Saturday by attempting just two shots from the charity stripe against the Bucks...New Orleans fell 99-92 to Minnesota two weeks ago for its fourth straight loss in the series. The Hornets haven't beaten the Wolves since a 102-98 victory on Nov. 13, 2002...Minnesota evened its road mark to 2-2 on the season...Each team shot the ball well -- the T-Wolves hit on 51 percent of their attempts from the field, including 6-of-16 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Hornets nailed 49 percent of their attempts, and 7-of-18 from long range...The Hornets have allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent five times this season...Minnesota center Michael Olowokandi missed the game with the flu.
11/21 00:24:38 ET