Friday , Feb , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets wrap up homestand vs. T’wolves

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets complete a five-game
homestand tonight when they welcome Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota
Timberwolves to the Ford Center.

The Hornets won the first three games of their current stand before being
handed an 89-78 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Devin Brown
paced New Orleans with 17 points off the bench.

The setback spoiled the return of Chris Paul to the Hornets’ lineup. Last
season’s Rookie of the Year had missed the last 17 games with a sprained right
ankle, but returned to net nine points with two assists in just over 29
minutes.

New Orleans, which fell to 13-11 at the Ford Center this season, starts a
quick two-game road trip on Saturday in Houston.

The slumping Minnesota Timberwolves arrive in Oklahoma City having lost seven
of their last nine games. On Wednesday, Kevin Martin’s jumper with 16.6
seconds on the clock proved to be the difference as the Sacramento Kings
downed the Timberwolves, 100-98.

Ricky Davis led Minnesota with 24 points, while Garnett scored 18 and
grabbed 10 boards for the Timberwolves, who had won their previous two games.

Guard Rashad McCants made his season debut in the game and scored two points
in just over four minutes. He had been sidelined for the first 44 games after
undergoing microfracuture surgery on his right knee last June.

The tilt against the Hornets is the opener of a three-game road trip for
Minnesota, which is 9-14 away from the Target Center. The Timberwolves will
also play in Dallas and Houston.

It will be the third meeting between the two teams this year with the clubs
splitting the series so far. Each team won on its opponent’s home floor.

New Orleans has won three of the last five meetings, but the Timberwolves have
captured nine of the last 12. The Timberwolves have also won four of their
last five road games in the series.

NOH MIN