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    Kemba, birthday-boy Bridges shine as Hornets hand Wolves fifth straight loss

    Mar 22, 2019
    Gorgui Dieng and Willy Hernangomez fight for the rebound in the first half.
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 31 points, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Jeremy Lamb added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for only the fifth time in their last 16 games.

    Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

    Hornets coach James Borrego turned to his youth after entering the night 3 ½ games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference and with the team's playoff hopes fading fast.

    Second-year player Dwayne Bacon got the start over Nic Batum, who earns $24 million per season. Bridges continued to start while rookie Devonte Graham and second-year pro Malik Monk (14 points) also saw action.

    Youth was served as Charlotte outscored Minnesota 17-6 on fast-break points.

    Towns came in averaging 30.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists this month after averaging 30.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in February. But he was just 7 of 17 from the field and appeared to grow frustrated at times with some non-calls by the officials when there appeared to be contact.

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    Charlotte built its first double-digit lead at 96-86 midway through the fourth quarter when Walker went coast-to-coast and scored on a Eurostep layup between two defenders.

    The Timberwolves never mounted a serious challenge after that point.

    TIP-INS

    Timberwolves: Towns passed Kevin Love (6,989 points) to move into fourth place on the franchise's career scoring list.

    Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out with a concussion. He is out indefinitely. ... Bench outscored Minnesota 46-26.

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    Timberwolves: Visit Grizzlies on Saturday night.

    Hornets: Host Celtics on Saturday night.

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    Gorgui Dieng and Willy Hernangomez fight for the rebound in the first half.
    PHOTO: ap
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