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.