Wolves Fall to Hornets 118-102

Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky (44) dunks past Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton
Charlotte Hornets' Frank Kaminsky (44) dunks past Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

November 21, 2017 02:19 PM

Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-102 on Monday night.
    
Howard, acquired in an offseason trade from Atlanta, was 8 for 10 from the field and 9 of 14 at the foul line, where he has struggled all season. He outplayed Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota lost on back-to-back nights.
    
Howard, the NBA's active leader in 20-20 games with 49, became the first Hornets player to accomplish the feat since Al Jefferson in 2013.
    
Frank Kaminsky provided a huge spark off the bench, scoring nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 9 of 15 overall, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.
    
In an effort to come back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves repeatedly sent Howard to the foul line. He responded by shooting 6 of 10 to help seal the win.
    
Jamal Crawford led Minnesota with 19 points, and Jeff Teague added 18. Andrew Wiggins struggled from the field, going 5 of 14 and finishing with 11 points.
    
The Hornets led by four entering the fourth before Kaminsky took over and helped build a double-digit advantage with a pair of 3-pointers.
    
TIP-INS
    
Timberwolves: Shot 6 of 27 from 3-point range, including 1 of 14 in the first half. ... Wiggins got a technical foul after disputing a charge call against him in the third quarter.
    
Hornets: Came in having committed the fewest turnovers in the league but had 11 in the first half. ... Howard was charged with a flagrant foul when he threw a high elbow toward the upper body of Towns in the third quarter.
    
UP NEXT:
    
Timberwolves: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

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