VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Timberwolves 115, Hornets 86

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves were in unfamiliar territory.

Advertisement
They were in control at halftime with a big lead.

``I was really nervous,'' said coach Rick Adelman, drawing some laughter after the Timberwolves routed the New Orleans Hornets 115-86 on Saturday.

The veteran coach wasn't smiling, though. A night earlier, he watched his team nearly rally from 29 points down at halftime before losing to the L.A. Lakers at home.

``I've seen it happen too many times. The Lakers were up 29 on us, it just takes a spurt,'' Adelman said.

This time though, the Wolves - who've lost eight times this season when leading or being tied after three quarters - finished off the victory.

Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points, Nikola Pekovic added 14 and the Timberwolves stopped their six-game losing streak.

Cunningham hit all nine of his shots to set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals without a miss.

``To have a blowout win is something that our team needed at this point,'' Luke Ridnour said. ``Hopefully we can build on it.''

Anthony Davis scored 18 points for the Hornets, who played without Eric Gordon and finished their five-game road trip with four straight losses. Team doctors still haven't cleared Gordon to play in back-to-back games while recovering from knee surgery.

Gordon played 25 minutes at Denver on Friday, and the Hornets badly missed their star shooting guard's energy. A night after committing 22 turnovers, New Orleans turned it over 23 times against the Wolves, who earned their largest victory margin this season.

``It's not the end of the world,'' Greivis Vasquez said. ``But we've got to regroup, better ourselves and get back home and get a win and try to get out of this slump.''

One of the worst-shooting teams in the NBA, the Timeberwolves shot 58 percent (45 for 77) using a simple plan: Get to the paint. Minnesota went hard to the basket - 15 of its scoring possessions in the first quarter were either drives or free throws. The Timberwolves led 33-14 after one, and their lead was never seriously threatened.

Ricky Rubio, who took the blame for Minnesota's lackluster start in the 111-100 loss to the Lakers, set an aggressive tone early by driving to the basket and finding open teammates.

``It's easier to do it when you're up by 20 you know,'' Rubio said. ``But I felt pretty good today and like I said, I started finding my rhythm and my shot and being aggressive.''

The biggest highlight came late in the third quarter, when Rubio lobbed an alley-oop to Cunningham for a two-handed jam that stretched the Wolves' lead to 74-46 and brought the crowd to its feet.

``It's great for the crowd sometimes, some of the plays he makes,'' Adelman said. ``But he just has to make good plays, not great plays all the time. I think that's one thing we have to learn to do.''

Rubio had nine points and seven assists, and Minnesota outscored the Hornets 58-32 in the paint.

``Anytime you come out and allow a team to play the game that easily, you look right at the coach, and for whatever reason, I wasn't sharp tonight,'' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ``I didn't have the guys ready to play and we got embarrassed tonight. That's something that is unacceptable.''

NOTES: New Orleans is 8-7 when Gordon plays and 7-26 in games he's missed. ``It's tough when you have a guy who can put up 20 points and you've got to sit him,'' Williams said before the game. Much like Williams has done with Gordon this season, Adelman has had to limit Rubio since returning from knee surgery. ``I understand the deal with Rubio,'' Williams said. ``He's such a great young player that you don't want to damage him for the future.'' Adelman, though, joked that he didn't believe early reports that Gordon wouldn't play. ``I'm just very pessimistic at this point,'' he said. ``He'll probably play 40 minutes.'' ... The Hornets are 9-4 in their past 13 against Minnesota. ... The Hornets matched their season low of 14 first-quarter points, which previously came against the Wolves on Jan. 11.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: Monday's NBA Essentials
Akins: Hoop Trends - Monday
Cavanaugh signs deal with Hawks
NBA to start junior world championship
LeBron wears 'equality' sneakers
Heat F James Johnson out 7-10 days
Lakers retiring Kobe's numbers Monday
Lakers' Caldwell-Pope out three games
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
13-1 Run, 6-0 G-Plays, 18-3 Totals
4-0 L4, 21-7 Run, 17-7 G-Plays
3-0 Last Night, 5-0 Last 2 Days
8-1 L9 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5, 48-28 Streak, 17-6 Totals
11-4 G-Play Run, 16-8 L24 Picks
15-6 Picks, 5-1 Totals, 4-1 G-Plays
6-1 Last 7 NBA Guarantees
10-3 L13 Picks, 14-5 G-Plays TY
20-11 L31 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 Last 3 Selections
6-2 L8 NBA Guarantees
7-2 Record Last 9 Picks
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
2017 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 1204
Mark Franco + 941
Bill Marzano + 888
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 1066
Antony Dinero + 629
Joe Nelson + 497
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Marc Lawrence 65 %
Michael Black 65 %
Don Anthony 63 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 1249
Don Anthony + 872
Bill Marzano + 790
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1509
Alex Smart + 911
Scott Rickenbach + 519
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1016
Jimmy Boyd + 733
Chip Chirimbes + 687
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership