T'Wolves belted by Hornets as Rambis ejected for arguing callMinnesota Sports
- Emeka Okafor scored 23 points and Marcus Thornton added 22, as the Hornets finished off a four-game series sweep of the lowly Timberwolves with a 114-86 rout.
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Emeka Okafor scored 23 points and Marcus Thornton added 22, as the Hornets finished off a four-game series sweep of the lowly Timberwolves with a 114-86 rout.
Darren Collison contributed 17 points and 11 assists, while Julian Wright tallied 16 points for New Orleans, which snapped a five-game overall skid and beat Minnesota for a sixth straight time.
Ryan Gomes had 18 points and Ramon Sessions scored 17 for the Timberwolves, who are trying to avoid tying a franchise record of 67 losses in a season (1991-92). They'll have to win one of their final two games, either at San Antonio or home against Detroit.
Jonny Flynn scored 11 in another loss for the Timberwolves, the 21st in the last 22 games for the club. They've also dropped 11 in a row on the road.
Ahead by four points after the opening quarter, the Hornets pulled away by going 12-of-19 from the field in the second. Minnesota had just four baskets in the period as the visitors fell behind, 58-39, at the half.
Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was ejected in the second quarter for arguing with officials calling Al Jefferson for traveling. That came with 9:26 left in the half. It resulted in two foul shots for Thornton, who made both attempts. Darius Songaila sank a jumper and Wright's two foul shots capped a 10-0 spurt for a 37-25 margin.
The Hornets scored the final 11 points of the first half and widened the cushion to 71-44 on a Morris Peterson three-pointer midway through the third. It was 83-64 moving to the fourth, and New Orleans was ahead by more than 20 nearly the entire final quarter.
"I don't think we were purposeful out there," Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis said. "Defensively, we weren't focused on what we had to do to get the stops."