New Orleans, La - Hard times have befallen the New Orleans Hornets. Injuries galore. Only 22 wins overall before playing at Minnesota Sunday night in Minneapolis. And, at 12-14 before tip off, New Orleans was the only team in the NBA's western conference with a below .500 record against below .500 teams.
Man, did they ever need a break in the Twin Cities, but they wouldn't get it, losing 97-95. Forward Derrick Williams chipped in 28 points in the Timberwolves win, their 23rd victory of the season. Robin Lopez did record a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, but it was not enough to stave off defeat. Thus, the Hornets lose another close one, and are now 3-34 in games they've trailed after three periods.
The Hornets return home for a seven game stand at the New Orleans Arena, featuring a number of tough teams. The Golden State Warriors are in town Monday night. The stand will close out with a home game against the Miami Heat, which have tied the 2nd best win streak in league history, winning 22 straight. The NBA record of 33 consecutive victories is held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.