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Minnesota Timberwolves Beat New Orleans Hornets, 113-98, For Second Straight Win

Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 24 en route to a solid 113-98 victory over the Hornets.
Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 24 en route to a solid 113-98 victory over the Hornets.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2010

A winning streak is a beautiful thing.

However, the Minnesota Timberwolves have not experienced this beautiful thing in almost seven weeks when they defeated the Kings and Knicks on Nov. 10 and 12, respectively.

This time it was Dec. 26 and 27 against the Cavaliers and Hornets.

The youngest team in the NBA was led by Michael Beasley once again, who scored 30, added nine boards and dished out seven assists for perhaps his best all-around game of the year. He also played a season-high 45 minutes.

Rookie Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 24 points, and hit six threes in the process.

Kevin Love scored 16 and had 11 boards for his 18th (count it, 18th) game in a row with a double-double.

All five starters were in double figures, rounded out by Darko Milicic with 14 and Luke Ridnour with 12. Ridnour also had 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the year.

Martell Webster also had nine off the bench.

Chris Paul had 22 points and 13 assists for the 18-13 Hornets, a team that has gone 7-12 since their unbelievable 11-1 start.

David West chipped in 23 points, Trevor Ariza and Marco Bellini had 15 points and 11 points, respectively.

Breaking the fourth quarter jinx, the Wolves outscored the Hornets by 10 and won this game decisively in the last 12 minutes.

The 8-24 T'Wolves play at home on Wednesday night against the Nuggets in a divisional battle that might see Carmelo Anthony in his last game sporting the powder blue, navy, and gold uniform.

Let's keep this streak going Wolves, because it is finally one to boast about.

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