Minnesota, owners of the worst record in the Western Conference, embarrassed the Hornets in New Orleans Monday night by the score of 104-92. The Hornets continue to struggle without injured starters Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. Kevin Love played like an all-star, scoring 27 points and pulling down 17 boards. Chris Paul had a double double (17 points, 13 assists) in a losing effort. Minnesota has handled the Hornets twice this season. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.

The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves maintained their surprising dominance of the playoff-contending New Orleans Hornets with a 104-92 victory Monday night.Minnesota's second double-digit win over New Orleans this season might have been a costly one, though. Michael Beasley, who had 14 points, had to be helped off the floor with a left leg injury and starting center Darko Milicic departed with a strained left hip flexor.

The injuries meant more action for Nikola Pekovic and Anthony Tolliver, who each scored 12 points. Minnesota hit 11 3-pointers and made all 25 of its free throws.


The Timberwolves did not miss a single free throw, and had a 15 point advantage from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Hornets only gave a solid effort in spurts. New Orleans is in dire need of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. Both players value continues to go up, even though they are sitting on the bench in streeth clothes. The number one ranked defense (Hornets) in the Western Conference has been giving up an average of more than 100 points in their last six contests. Ariza is an elite defender on the wing, while Okafor is the anchor of the Hornet defense in the paint. The Hornets hope to have both players back after the all-star game. New Orleans has four of their next five on the road before the all-star break.