The T-Wolves opened the final quarter on a 15 to 4 run, and appeared to be sweeping the rug right out from under the inexperienced Hornets squad. A slew of clutch shots by New Orleans guard Greivis Vasquez, who led all players with 10 assists, changed the tune though, and made any meaningful Minnesota run unsustainable.
Forward Kevin Love finished with game-highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Michael Beasley chipped in 20 points and seven boards off the bench. Aside from Love and Beasley however, Minnesota players combined to shoot just 31.9% as a team.
New Orleans' low post duo of Chris Kaman and Jason Smith, who each measure in at seven-feet tall, combined for 57 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks and four steals. The two also shot a remarkable 21-for-26 from the floor and perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.