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Saturday, November 20th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (4-3) at New Orleans Hornets (0-7), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Hornets try once again for their first win of the season when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to New Orleans Arena.

The transition to the West has been tough on the Hornets, who moved to the conference this year in order to accommodate the arrival of the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. However, at 0-7 they are only team remaining in the West without a win.

New Orleans extended its franchise-worst start and kept new head coach Byron Scott winless on Wednesday with a 95-84 setback to the Phoenix Suns. David Wesley paced the Hornets with 19 points and nine assists, while P.J. Brown contributed 12 points and 10 boards.

Darrell Armstrong had 11 points and eight assists while teammate Jamaal Magloire ended with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets, who tied an NBA record by attempting only two free throws in the loss. They have attempted just five free throws in their last two games.

A loss tonight would put the Hornets at eight games under .500 for the first time since being 6-14 in 1998-99. It would also give them their first eight- game slide since the 1993-94 campaign.

On the milestone watch, George Lynch needs 13 points to reach 5,000 for his career.

New Orleans, which is dead-last in the highly competitive Southwest Division, is also off to its worst home-start in team history at 0-5.

Minnesota also comes into tonight's tilt on a losing note after the Timberwolves fell 93-85 to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Just two of Minnesota's seven games this season have been decided by 10 points or less.

Kevin Garnett and Latrell Sprewell had 24 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who saw their brief two-game win streak come to an end. Garnett also pulled down a game-high 13 boards in the win.

The Timberwolves, who will be playing the middle contest of a three-game road trip tonight, are 1-2 away from home this season. Last year, the Wolves were one of four Western Conference teams with winning marks on the road (San Antonio 24-17, L.A. Lakers 22-19, Sacramento 21-20).

Minnesota defeated the Hornets earlier in the season and has won four straight and seven of the last eight meetings. The Timberwolves have also won three of their last four at the Hornets, but are just 3-12 all-time as the visitor in this series.

11/20 10:02:42 ET


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