CHARLOTTE bucked a slow start with some hot shooting in the third quarter and held on to beat Minnesota, 115-108, at the Target Center on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum hit five of the Hornets’ six triples to almost outscore the Wolves, who only had 17, in third period and help Charlotte take an 82-75 lead after trailing 58-46 at the half.
Minnesota fought back in the fourth, taking a 93-92 lead at the7:30 mark and setting up a wild shootout to close a tightly-contested match. Frank Kaminsky had a triple, his third for the game, and a three-point play to put Charlotte ahead 108-102 near the two-minute mark. But Karl-Anthony Towns also responded with his third trey of the match to bring Minnesota within reach on the ensuing play.
After a slam by Cody Zeller and a pair of free throws by Andrew Wiggins, Kaminsky drilled a dagger of a jumper off a Batum assist to put Charlotte up for good and bagged the victory.
Charlotte sank 11 three pointers, with Batum draining four triples, on 45.8 shooting. Minnesota connected on 15 shots from beyond the arc, led by Zach LaVin who had five treys.
Walker led Charlotte with 30 points, while Kaminsky had a season-high 20 off the bench. Batum and Zeller had 16 and 14 markers, respectively, as the Hornets snapped a two-game skid to improve to 7-3.
Wiggins had 29 points, Towns added 21 markers, and LaVine scored 19 for the Wolves, who fell to 3-7.