Recap: Hornets vs Wolves



Chris Paul had 24 points and eight assists, and led a fourth-quarter rally to help the New Orleans Hornets put away the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 90-83 win Friday night.With Minnesota within one point, Paul set up Desmond Mason's layup at the right block and then added two baskets during a 9-0 run that gave New Orleans an 85-75 lead with 2:19 to play.The Timberwolves got back within 85-80 after Randy Foye's 3-pointer and Kevin Garnett's right-handed jam off an offensive rebound, but Paul hit four free throws in the final minute to seal the win.Tyson Chandler added 16 points and tied his season high with 18 rebounds, reserve Jannero Pargo had 13 points, and Mason scored 12 as the Hornets ended up 4-1 on a five-game homestand split between their two hometowns.Mark Blount scored 21 points to lead Minnesota, and Garnett finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for his NBA-best 39th double-double of the season. Ricky Davis scored 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting, and Foye added 10 points as Minnesota lost its second straight game after ending Phoenix's 17-game winning streak earlier in the week.The Timberwolves have lost eight of their last 10 games to fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference. They now have the same 22-24 record they had through 46 games last season.Minnesota was down 76-75 after Garnett's layup at the left block. Paul, in only his second game back after missing a month with a sprained right ankle, then helped the Hornets put away the game.The reigning rookie of the year set up Mason's layup at the other end, then hit a jumper from the right baseline to make it 80-75. Devin Brown added a runner from the right side, and Paul capped the surge by stripping Davis and rushing downcourt for a layup that led to a three-point play.New Orleans scored the first eight points of the game and claimed an 18-7 lead on Paul's runner in the lane. Minnesota got back within 31-30 early in the second quarter, but three different Timberwolves missed 3-pointers that would have tied the game.New Orleans' lead was 48-45 at halftime after officials ruled that Paul's 3-pointer came after the buzzer.The Timberwolves scored eight straight points, including three baskets by Blount, to take their first lead at 57-56. Chandler had two tip-ins as the Hornets scored six straight points go up 66-61 after three quarters, but Minnesota tied it by scoring the first five points of the final period.