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Hornets.com postgame: Timberwolves 97, Hornets 95

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Timberwolves (23-41), Hornets (22-45)

It was over when… Roger Mason’s contested three-point attempt from the right corner appeared to be partially blocked by Andrei Kirilenko, wrapping up Minnesota’s victory. In their final attempt to pick up a victory on a three-game road trip, New Orleans led 95-91 with a minute remaining. Over the final 60 seconds, however, Minnesota came through in the clutch, including a Ricky Rubio three-point play, a pair of Kirilenko blocks and 3-for-4 foul shooting. The Hornets dropped to 3-17 in road games this season against fellow Western Conference clubs. 

Hornets MVP: Robin Lopez registered his first 20-10 game since Feb. 11 at Detroit, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Lopez came up with 12 of his points after halftime, frequently making his presence felt around the basket. Greivis Vasquez also had an excellent game statistically (24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists), but had to take a career-most 25 field-goal attempts.

Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Lou Amundson enjoyed probably his best game thus far in a New Orleans uniform, netting four points, two rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes. Ryan Anderson appears to still be shaking off the effects of a recent illness, going 2-for-10 from the floor. 

The buzz on… an extremely long upcoming stretch in Louisiana. With the Hornets having already experienced road trips due to the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras (along with an April trip necessitated by the NCAA Women’s Final Four), it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that somewhere along the way, there’d be a lengthy homestand. Monday’s home game vs. Golden State marks the first of seven consecutive in the Hive, covering a March 17-31 span. Although the Hornets are on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, they’ll have a small say-so in the Western Conference postseason race over the next two weeks. Golden State is trying to hang on to a long-awaited playoff berth; Memphis, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers are all in the hunt for a No. 3 seed behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Incidentally, the homestand also includes visits by Boston, Miami and Cleveland. In case you’re wondering, if the Heat continue to keep their current streak alive, they will enter at 28 consecutive wins when they come to the Crescent City on March 29.