And a painful pas de dix it was for a while, as the Hornets, up seven after the first quarter, were colder than Minnesota winds for the next twenty minutes or so. The Timberwolves, fortunately, were not much better, and by the fourth quarter the Bees had this figured out and pulled away at the end, 90-83.
There’s a tendency to think of Minnesota as Kevin Garnett and however-many dwarves. Not so. Garnett was a tad off his game tonight for which we thank Tyson Chandler but Mark Blount, scoring 21 points, took up the slack. And there wasn’t that much slack, either: Garnett had a double-double with 17 points (including a last-minute trey) and 13 rebounds.
The Bees didn’t shoot all that well, either subtract the two leading scorers (who were 17-22 between them) and you’re looking at 32 percent. They did, however, play some decent D; they pulled off eight steals (four by Chris Paul) and blocked nine shots (four by Tyson Chandler). Chandler continues to get serious numbers: he had 16 points and 18 boards despite having to guard Garnett. CP3 was in good form, rolling up 24 points and eight assists. Devin Brown started at shooting guard in place of Rasual Butler; neither of them had an especially-good night. And Jannero Pargo had another one of his late-game bursts off the bench, scoring 13.
Coming up: three road games, at Houston (Saturday), Sacramento (Monday), and Denver (Wednesday).