NBA Game Summary - New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Minnesota
(Wednesday, December 21st)
Final Score: Minnesota 88, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 69
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 88-69, at the Target Center.
Wally Szczerbiak added a game-high 21 points for the 'Wolves, who won for the first time in five games. Rookie Rashad McCants pitched in 14 points and six boards off the bench while Marko Jaric had 10 points for Minnesota.
"We came out with a sense of urgency," said Szczerbiak after the win. "We got back to being aggressive. We got back to our concepts that were working earlier in the year."
Dynamic rookie Chris Paul was the high-scorer for the Hornets, who lost for the seventh time in their last 10 outings, with 15. David West was the only other Hornets player in double figures with 11. Chris Andersen had eight off the bench.
The Timberwolves used a stifling defense to control the contest from the early stages. A Trenton Hassell reverse layup with 2:16 to play in the third gave the 'Wolves their biggest lead at 68-36.
Minnesota was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
A 13-3 spurt capped by a pair of Szczerbiak free throws gave the 'Wolves a 21- point advantage at 49-28 with just 54 seconds left in the half. Minnesota entered the locker room with a 49-30 edge. Szczerbiak paced Minnesota with 12 points while West had 11 for the Hornets.
Minnesota jumped to a 26-16 edge after one quarter thanks to the scorching shooting of Garnett and Szczerbiak, who combined to hit 6-of-9 shots.
"We just didn't make any shots," the Hornets' Desmond Mason said. "That pretty much sums up the game. We just couldn't make anything happen."
Mason shot just 1-of-9 in the game...The Hornets were held to 32.5 percent shooting for the night...Minnesota outrebounded the Hornets 47 to 37...Eddie Griffin had four blocks for the 'Wolves...Fourteen of the last 15 meetings in this series had been decided by single digits which made the blowout even more surprising...The Timberwolves have won 11 of the last 13 tilts against the Hornets... Minnesota is 8-4 at the Target Center this season...The Hornets are now 5-9 on the road this season.
12/22 01:55:30 ET