NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at New Orleans
(Monday, April 18th)
Final Score: Minnesota 102, New Orleans 99
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Wally Szczerbiak had 18 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the New Orleans Hornets, 102-99, at New Orleans Arena.
Sam Cassell had 16 points and six assists and Kevin Garnett added 14 points and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who have won three of their last four, but were officially eliminated from playoff consideration on Sunday with their loss to the Seattle SuperSonics.
Casey Jacobsen, in his 83rd game of the year, had 15 points for the Hornets, who lost for the eighth straight time overall and ninth in a row at home. They must win their final game on Wednesday to avoid the worst record in franchise history, which was set by the 1989-90 Hornets squad (19-63).
In a game that featured 15 ties and 13 lead changes, the Timberwolves used a late run to secure the victory.
Leading by four entering the final 12 minutes, the Hornets used a 17-8 surge to take a five-point lead with 7:25 remaining in the contest. New Orleans still held a four-point advantage, 99-95, just inside of two minutes, but did not score a point the rest of the way.
The Timberwolves closed the game with seven straight points and rolled to three-point win.
Ndudi Ebi, in his first game of the season, finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
The teams played a tightly contested first quarter, but New Orleans carried a two-point edge into the second, 26-24.
Neither team was able to grab control of the contest in the second, as they traded the lead back-and-forth. However, the Timberwolves scored three of the final five points of the half to take a 48-46 edge into the locker room.
Minnesota padded its lead in the third, as it outscored the Hornets, 28-26 in the stanza and led 76-72 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Jacobsen played 40 games with the Phoenix before playing 43 with the Hornets. The NBA record is 88 set by Walt Bellamy in 1968-69 with the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons...Ebi was activated from the injured list earlier in the day when Troy Hudson was placed on the list with sore right groin.
04/18 23:00:01 ET