Facing a Minnesota Timberwolves' team minus injured star Kevin Love might provide the New Orleans Hornets a good opportunity to extend their season-high winning stretch.
The Hornets look to avenge last month's home loss to the visiting Timberwolves with a fourth consecutive victory Friday night.
Paced by the return of guard Eric Gordon and some solid defensive play, New Orleans (10-25) has a chance to match its longest winning streak of last season on Friday.
After winning at Dallas in overtime and beating Southwest Division-leading San Antonio, the Hornets won 88-79 over Houston on Wednesday. Greivis Vasquez, Jason Smith and Roger Mason each scored 17 as New Orleans used a 22-2 run to overcome a 10-point second-half deficit and improve to 2-19 when trailing after three quarters.
"I'm glad we got one of those under our belt," center Robin Lopez said. "We just have to continue to build from there."
While New Orleans has held opponents to 87.7 poin...