Minnesota at New Orleans

Paul's short night still yields a double-double as Hornets crush T-Wolves

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Paul suspected Minnesota would be tired, and did what he could to make the Timberwolves wish they'd stayed in bed.

Paul had 19 points, 15 assists and five steals in only 30 minutes, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 110-76 victory Saturday night.

The downtrodden Timberwolves had played in Minnesota a night earlier, putting forth an exhaustive effort to overcome a 21-point deficit and beat Indiana.

"I knew Sebastian Telfair played 48 minutes last night," Paul said of the Minnesota guard he helped force into six turnovers. "We definitely look at the matchups."

Paul had his 14th double-double of the season early in the third quarter, when New Orleans built a 27-point lead and soon after went with a lineup of reserves to finish it off.

It was the second-straight lopsided victory for New Orleans, which won 107-93 at Seattle on Wednesday.

"We see we had a team under .500 and when we play those teams we have to take advantage of it," Paul said. "It's all a part of us getting that killer mentality where if we have a lead we don't let the other team back in the game."

David West scored 22 points for the Hornets (17-10), who've won their last four games in New Orleans.

Peja Stojakovic returned from a groin pull that had kept him out for three games. He scored 11 points in 26 minutes for New Orleans. Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds, reserve Jannero Pargo had 13 points and Morris Peterson scored 10.

Ryan Gomes scored 20 to lead Minnesota (4-22), which has yet to win two straight this season and has won only once in its last eight games. Al Jefferson and Gerald Green each scored 11, and Jefferson also had 13 rebounds.

So little did Minnesota threaten down the stretch that Hornets coach Byron Scott inserted second-year Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius, who had played only 2 minutes in the Hornets' previous 16 games. Vinicius responded with his only two baskets of the season, the second a fastbreak dunk.

New Orleans shot 53 percent for the game, scoring 35 fastbreak points and 48 points inside.

"We didn't have a lot of energy. I was afraid we might not," Minnesota coach Randy Wittman said. "Sebastian didn't have really anything. But that's no excuse. We just got so careless with the ball. We started throwing the ball all over the place."

Looking sloppy and lethargic, Minnesota turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 32 Hornets points.

The Hornets came out running, scoring 15 points on fastbreaks in the first quarter alone. Paul scored six of those points by running the length of the court after his own steals. He also had an end-to-end layup after Chandler's block and converted another steal into an assist on Peterson's fastbreak layup.

"The games your supposed to win, you've got to go out there and get the wins if you want to take your team to another level," Peterson said. "You don't want to be in Game 75 and be fighting for a playoff position and look back at the games that you lost and regret that you didn't come out and give a great effort."

With 16 points inside, New Orleans shot 60.9 percent in the first quarter in taking a 30-20 lead, but might have threatened to run Minnesota out of the building early if not for Gomes, who shot well from outside and scored 12 points in the first 7 minutes.

Minnesota hoped for a spark from reserve Antoine Walker, who a night earlier had hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Walker didn't have it early on, though, missing his first five field goals, four from 3-point range.

Minnesota shot only 37 percent during the opening two periods, allowing the Hornets to use a 13-3 run to open a 53-38 lead by halftime.

Notes

  • Minnesota had seven turnovers in the first quarter, which New Orleans converted into 12 points.
  • The Hornets had no turnovers in the first half, marking the first time in franchise history they had gone an entire half without one.
  • Minnesota guards Marko Jaric and Rashad McCants, who missed Friday's victory over Indiana with the flu, did not make the trip to New Orleans.
  • The Hornets' reserves outscored Minnesota's 44-27, marking the first time in eight games that the Hornets' backups hadn't been outscored by their opponents' reserves.
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Minnesota fails to slow down Chris Paul, who scores 19 and adds 15 assists in just 30 minutes.  (Getty Images)
Minnesota fails to slow down Chris Paul, who scores 19 and adds 15 assists in just 30 minutes. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (4-22) 2018152376
New Orleans (17-10) «30232631110
MIN:R. Gomes 20 Pts
MIN:A. Jefferson 13 Reb
MIN:G. Green 4 Ast
NO:D. West 22 Pts
NO:T. Chandler 14 Reb
NO:C. Paul 15 Ast
Players of the Game
New OrleansMinnesota

C. Paul

R. Gomes
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
192152092
Minnesota
S. Telfair, PG394-141-23339
R. Gomes, PF388-161-192020
C. Brewer, SF354-81-15229
A. Jefferson, PF335-111-2132211
C. Richard, PF170-00-00020
G. Green, SG324-131-244411
A. Walker, SF211-93-63126
C. Smith, PF184-60-02118
M. Madsen, PF41-20-02042
M. Doleac, C30-10-00000
M. Jaric, SF20-00-00000
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
G. Buckner, SGDid Not Play
R. McCants, SGDid Not Play
R. Foye, PGDid Not Play
Totals 31-808-1441152076
 38.8%57.1% 
New Orleans
D. West, PF319-124-470322
C. Paul, PG306-117-8215019
T. Chandler, C292-40-014004
P. Stojakovic, SG265-80-021311
M. Peterson, SG264-131-102110
B. Jackson, PG193-73-42309
R. Butler, SG192-50-05215
J. Pargo, PG196-120-014113
H. Armstrong, PF192-51-23035
J. Wright, SF174-40-07108
M. Vinicius, SF51-22-20004
R. Bowen, SFDid Not Play
M. Ely, CDid Not Play
A. Haluska, SGDid Not Play
Totals 44-8318-21432812110
 53.0%85.7% 
Other Games
Wash 85 Final
Ind 93
Utah 102 Final
Mia 104
GS 95 Final
NJ 100
Phi 99 Final
Mem 97
Hou 116 Final
Chi 98
Char 99 Final
Mil 103
LAC 90 Final
SA 99
Tor 103 Final
Pho 122