Vasquez’s leads Hornets past WolvesNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
By: Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
Eric Gordon added 16 points, Ryan Anderson had 15, Jason Smith 14, Al-Farouz Aminu 12 and Roger Mason 10 for the Hornets, who have won five out of six with Gordon in the starting lineup. Aminu also had 13 rebounds.
Luke Ridnour scored 20 points to lead a balanced Timberwolves offense.
Nikola Pekovic added 18 points, Andrei Kirilenko 17, Dante Cunningham 12 and Alexey Shved 11.
Minnesota, which dressed out only nine players because of injuries, have lost four of their last five games.
The Timberwolves dominated the inside early, scoring 30 points in the paint while taking a 46-40 halftime lead. But the Hornets’ collapsing defense held the Timberwolves to 4-of-16 shooting in the third quarter and New Orleans doubled up Minnesota 30-15 in the period to take a 70-61 lead.
After being on the short end of a 30-20 margin in points in the paint in the first half, New Orleans took control underneath and had a 40-34 advantage at the end of the third period.
Hornets forward Anthony Davis, who scored just one point in the first half, scored eight in the third and finished with nine overall.
Davis’ jumper tied the score at 50 with 6:36 left in the third quarter and Vasquez’s 3-pointer gave the Hornets their first lead at 55-54 with 5:11 remaining.