The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone 311 days and 56 games since winning consecutive games.
They'll try to finally end that drought at the site of their lone road win this season as they visit the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.
The Timberwolves (4-21) last won back-to-back games in February, beating Boston and Denver at home. Since those victories, they are 11-44 and already have endured four losing streaks of at least five games this season alone.
But Minnesota ended a season-worst six-game skid by beating Indiana 131-118 at home Friday, getting double-doubles from both Al Jefferson (29 points, 13 rebounds) and Sebastian Telfair (27 points, 11 assists). Antoine Walker also hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points off the bench, bouncing down the court with his signature wiggle.
"Just trying to get guys motivated,'' Walker said. "I don't want our season to go down the tubes. There's still a lot of games left."
Even though they were without flu-ridden guards Rashad McCants and Marko Jaric, the Timberwolves shot a season-high 53.8 percent and scored their most points since getting 134 against Denver in April 1991.
The outcome was unlikely given Minnesota's 20-point deficit after one quarter in its first game since coach Randy Wittman questioned the team's heart after its most recent loss.
"Indiana couldn't have hit us any harder than they hit us at the start of the game," Wittman said. "And we responded."
Still, the Timberwolves are 0-6 on the second night of back-to-back games, and 1-11 on the road.
That win came by a 103-94 score at New Orleans on Nov. 26. Hornets point guard Chris Paul scored 31 points and had 11 assists in that game, but the rest of the team shot just 38.2 percent.
Since then, the Hornets (16-10) have won three straight at home and four of their last five there. But they had lost three straight road games and three of four overall before winning 107-93 at Seattle on Wednesday. Paul had 21 points and 15 assists, while Morris Peterson was 7-of-10 from 3-point range and Tyson Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds, his third straight game with 17 or more.
Peterson had shot 0-of-5 from beyond the arc and the team had gone 4-of-26 from long range in an 88-76 loss at Portland on Monday. But both bounced back Wednesday, as Peterson had 25 points for his second-highest output of the season and the Hornets shot 48.9 percent.
Paul, who's third in the NBA with 9.8 assists per game, is the central figure in New Orleans' offense.
"There's not too many guys in this league that can penetrate and get through the seams like Chris can and it puts a lot of pressure on the defense," Peterson said. "The only thing you've got to do is make shots."
New Orleans has been without forward Peja Stojakovic (strained groin) for three straight games and five of the last six. Stojakovic is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.
New Orleans beat Minnesota 100-82 in Minneapolis on Nov. 17 in the first meeting between the teams despite Paul being sidelined with a sprained ankle.
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