Without Paul, Hornets rout struggling TimberwolvesNov 18, 2007 - 4:50 AM By Tom Coyer PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- With Chris Paul sitting out, the New Orleans Hornets turned to Peja Stojakovic to carry the scoring load as they extended their winning streak to five games with a 100-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Stojakovic scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting - including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers - for the Hornets, who outscored the Timberwolves, 58-42, after halftime to secure the victory in an otherwise bland contest.
"Good movement, maybe lucky, too," Stojakovic said. "But good ball movement, good body movement, we were really aggressive and, at the same time, patient on the offensive end and we got good looks. We shot the ball well, too."
Starting in place of Paul, who was out with an injured ankle, Jannero Pargo collected 15 points and seven assists in his first start of the season for New Orleans, which shot 49 percent (40-of-82) from the field.
The Timberwolves continued to be plagued by turnovers, committing 16 miscues, which greatly contributed to their seventh loss in eight games this season. By comparison, New Orleans - without their starting point guard - committed only four turnovers on the night.
"You have to give JP (Pargo) a lot of credit," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "He slowed it down, saw the floor, did all of the things a point guard is supposed to do. He got guys involved and, when he had opportunities, he made the best of that as well."
After leading, 42-40, at the half, New Orleans slowly pulled away in the third quarter with balanced scoring from their starting lineup while shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) in the period.
"I happened to look up at the scoreboard one minute and we were down (16 points), that's all I remember," Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants said.
Minnesota was led by Al Jefferson, who scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds.
The Timberwolves first-round pick, Corey Brewer, earned his first start of the season as Minnesota started the game with its sixth different lineup in eight games. Brewer struggled shooting 0-of-5 from the field but contributed six rebounds and three assists.
"I wanted to start Corey to bring some quickness to us defensively," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said. "I'm sure he learned a lot about what this guy (Stojakovic) can do.
"There are lessons that we are going to be faced with this year. We have to take those lessons and move forward and make ourselves better players down the road."
Antoine Walker, who the Timberwolves acquired just days before the regular season, also made his first start of the campaign.
NEW ORLEANS 100
MINNESOTA 82 FINAL
Nov 17 10:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS 74
MINNESOTA 61 END, 3RD QTR
Nov 17 9:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS 42
MINNESOTA 40 HALFTIME
Nov 17 8:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS 25
MINNESOTA 21 END, 1ST QTR
Nov 17 8:32 PM
- Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander May 20
- Towns, Porzingis unanimously selected to All-Rookie 1st team May 19
- After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in NBA lottery May 17
- Timberwolves' Towns is unanimous Rookie of the Year pick May 16
- T-wolves will send Towns with Flip's ring for lottery luck May 16
- Weekend Sports in Brief May 16
- AP Source: Karl-Anthony Towns is NBA Rookie of the Year May 15
- Zach LaVine wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April May 9
- Hornets PG Kemba Walker has another surgery on left knee May 9
- George's return has Pacers dreaming of brighter future May 2
- Hornets future unclear with 4 starters becoming free agents May 2
- Game 7's to decide Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Indiana series Apr 30