The New Orleans Hornets are on a four-game winning streak for the first time since last season when they surged in April before closing out with a 21-45 record in the lockout-shortened season. It appeared the Hornets' streak was in jeopardy in the first quarter when they trailed by an 18-point deficit as they got outscored 29-14.

But instead of unraveling, the Hornets started to defend tougher and push the pace of their offense to wear down the Timberwolves, who came into Friday's game with only nine available players because of injuries, in a 104-92 victory at the New Orleans Arena.

Hornets forward Jason Smith came off the bench and made seven of eight shots for 14 points. Despite early foul trouble, Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez attacked the Timberwolves' defense and finished with 18 points and 13 assists. After trailing 46-40 at the halftime, the Hornets turned it up a notch in the third quarter and the Timberwolves were unable to keep up. The Hornets outscored Minnesota 30-15 to build a 10-point lead.