April 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) loses control of the ball as New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) defends during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Timberwolves 99-90. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Wolves Feel Uneasy Leaving The Big Easy

A month ago the Timberwolves fell to the worst team in the Western Conference. A month later the Timberwolves found themselves in the same situation. Last night, the Timberwolves lost to the Hornets 90-99 where the neither team had control of the game in the first three quarters until the Hornets built a double digit lead in the fourth. Despite a run from the Wolves, the Hornets answered back and walked away into the beautiful streets of New Orleans.

Kevin Love came into the contest averaging 31 points in his last 8 games and showed us all how he did it by scoring 29 points that night. Love also pulled down 12 boards including 5 offensive rebounds. Luke Ridnour was still inactive for the Wolves, but Michael Beasley returned to the line up and tallied 20 points with 7-11 shooting (3-4 from three). JJ Barea and Nikola Pekovic were the two other Wolves who had double digits in points with Barea tallying 10 points and Pekovic tallying 11 points. The Wolves shot 40% from the field compared to the 48% of the Hornets.

Earlier in the game, Eric Gordon, who had just recently came back from injury which caused him to miss 47 games, injured his lower back but would still return to game later. Despite Gordon being out for quite some time during the game, Kevin Love and the Timberwolves were unable to capitalize and take over. Chris Kaman and Jason Smith outworked and out hustled Love and Pekovic in the low block. Kaman and Smith combined for 47 points and 20 rebounds including a combined shooting of 21 for 26 from the field.  Smith (12-16 FG) had a career night with 26 points and 10 rebounds including big rebounds and energy plays which kept the team pumped throughout the contest. Kaman  as well shot the ball with near perfection. Kaman shot 9 for 10 with jumpshot after jumpshot and also a little bit of inside work. Gordon would then return to the game and despite only having 10 points in the game, Gordon would still make an impact by showing his relentlessness from the earlier injury. Greivis Vasquez, who started at the point for the injured Jack (sore right foot), scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists including a dazzling spin-move lay-up play in the fourth where the Wolves were within 4 with 3 minutes to play which gave a little more energy for the Hornets to come up with a victory. The Hornets finished the game with a 14-7 run.

The Wolves shot 40% from distance which included 10 three pointers, 3 apiece from Love and Beasley, while the Hornets only shot 30% from distance. The Wolves have now lost 5 games in a row (first time this season) while the Hornets snapped their losing streak and have won 4 of their last 10 games. It’s kind off big since the Hornets have just won 5 games since the last time they met the Wolves last month.

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