CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 31 factors, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 factors and 12 rebounds for his first profession double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 on Thursday night time.
Jeremy Lamb added 13 factors and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who gained for less than the fifth time of their final 16 video games.
Karl-Anthony Cities led Minnesota with 21 factors and 16 rebounds.
Hornets coach James Borrego turned to his youth after getting into the night time three half of video games behind the eighth-place Miami Warmth within the Japanese Convention and with the group’s playoff hopes fading quick.
Second-year participant Dwayne Bacon received the beginning over Nic Batum, who earns $24 million per season. Bridges continued to start out whereas rookie Devonte Graham and second-year professional Malik Monk (14 factors) additionally noticed motion.
Youth was served as Charlotte outscored Minnesota 17-6 on fast-break factors.
Cities got here in averaging 30.1 factors, 12.zero rebounds and three.6 assists this month after averaging 30.9 factors, 13.eight rebounds and four.1 assists in February. However he was simply 7 of 17 from the sector and appeared to develop pissed off at instances with some non-calls by the officers when there seemed to be contact.
Charlotte constructed its first double-digit lead at 96-86 halfway by the fourth quarter when Walker went coast-to-coast and scored on a Eurostep layup between two defenders.
The Timberwolves by no means mounted a severe problem after that time.
Timberwolves: Cities handed Kevin Love (6,989 factors) to maneuver into fourth place on the franchise’s profession scoring record.
Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out with a concussion. He’s out indefinitely. … Bench outscored Minnesota 46-26.
Timberwolves: Go to Grizzlies on Saturday night time.
Hornets: Host Celtics on Saturday night time.