Hornets.com postgame: Timberwolves 115, Hornets 86
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Timberwolves (18-26), Hornets (15-33)
It was over when… Minnesota led 81-55 through three quarters, a 26-point margin that is larger than any deficit New Orleans has overcome in its 25-year franchise history. In the final stop on a five-game Super Bowl road trip, the Hornets suffered through arguably their worst performance of the 2012-13 season. New Orleans mustered just 31 points in the first half and didn’t take long to fall behind by 30. The Hornets lost their fourth consecutive game, while being beaten by 20-plus points for only the third time this season.
Hornets MVP: Robin Lopez was New Orleans’ lone double-digit scorer all the way until there was just 10:30 remaining in the game, one note that reflected how the visitors fared offensively. Lopez is the team’s fifth-leading point producer overall this season. The 7-foot center finished with 16 points. Anthony Davis eventually surpassed Lopez’s tally, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Austin Rivers tacked on eight points in the fourth quarter, en route to a nine-point game that featured 5-for-8 foul shooting. Other than that, the reserves had a forgettable night nearly across the board, struggling to make shots and committing turnovers too frequently.
The buzz on… Darius Miller’s week back from the D-League. The second-round pick rejoined the Hornets for this five-game road trip, after being assigned to the Iowa Energy. Miller has provided some positive moments on the court for New Orleans, but sounded like his time in the minors made the biggest impression away from basketball. “I actually learned a lot from it. I think it was really good for me. I got a lot of time to play in real-game situations, played a lot of minutes and got my conditioning up,” the Kentucky product said. “At the same time, you get to see a lot of stuff that you take for granted. I think being in the NBA can spoil you, then you get to see the other side of it (in the D-League). I took a lot from that, and I’ve learned to appreciate every little single thing I have.” Miller referred specifically to an instance where his D-League team landed in a city just hours before tip-off of a game, something that never happens in the NBA.