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Timberwolves top Hornets, pick up rare road win

Nov 25, 2006 - 3:39 AM OKLAHOMA CITY (Ticker) -- Ricky Davis and the Minnesota Timberwolves waited until they faced one of the NBA's best home teams to end their road woes.

Davis scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 and 16 rebounds as the Timberwolves posted a 86-79 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

Marko Jaric collected 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Minnesota, which shot 48 percent (35-of-73) from the field to snap a three-game road losing streak.

"It's huge, we needed this to get our confidence up," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. "We had some close games on the road."

Entering Friday's contest, Minnesota had won only twice in their last 21 games away from the Target Center, including a 1-4 mark this season. But they played well against the Hornets, who were returning from a road trip and lost their first home game of the season between the Ford Center and New Orleans Arena.

"Any win at this point is a big win and we're gaining momentum going into December," Garnett said. "We played better, better communication, consistency on defense."

Davis shot 9-of-16 from the floor and Garnett made 8-of-11 shots.

"Ricky played big, when Ricky goes, we go," Casey said. "He is our go-to guy offensively, he gives us that second and third option when teams double on (Garnett), and he did a great job."

"It's a great win for us," Davis said. "We stayed focused and came out and played our game. But were not going to get too high on this one win. There is a lot of games left to be played."

Trailing, 67-66, with 9:43 remaining, Minnesota went on a decisive 15-2 run fueled by six points by Troy Hudson, whose jumper made it 81-69 with just under four minutes left.

Casey lauded his team's defensive effort during the spurt.

"We got off to a slow start, we executed our offense well, and we got a lot of stops when we needed to," he said.

Chris Paul had 18 points and seven assists for the Hornets, who shot just 34 percent (27-of-80) and were outrebounded, 52-42.

Peja Stojakovic, who entered Friday's game leading the Hornets in scoring at 18.6 points per game, made just 3-of-15 shots for eight points. The sharpshooter missed all six of his 3-pointers.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't execute the way we wanted to, and we still had a chance late in the game," Paul said. "This is one we needed, especially at home. We had a good crowd here and we didn't play well for them."

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