Howard's huge game lifts Hornets over Timberwolves, 118-102
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 21, 2017 11:15 AM
Dwight Howard NBA file photo
By Steve Reed, Associted Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-102 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
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 three-pointers.
Timberwolves: Shot 6-of-27 from three-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.
Timberwolves: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Hornets: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).