OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Ricky Davis scored 23 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a 15-2 fourth-quarter run to hand the New Orleans Hornets their first home loss of the season, 86-79 Friday night.

The Hornets, who had won their first four at home – including the season opener in New Orleans – scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to erase a 66-60 deficit, but the Timberwolves responded with their big run to take control for good.

Marko Jaric scored six points and Troy Hudson had five during Minnesota’s spurt, while the Hornets missed five shots and turned it over twice before Jannero Pargo finally hit a jumper. The Hornets, unable to get their running game going, shot a season-low 33.8 percent from the field.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Chris Paul scored 18, the only New Orleans starter in double figures, and Pargo and Bobby Jackson each had 13 for the Hornets.

Davis scored nine points in the third quarter, when the Timberwolves took advantage of 4-of-17 shooting by the Hornets to open a 66-58 lead. The Hornets had only one field goal in the final seven minutes of the third, that coming on a drive by Paul on one of their few fast-break chances.


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