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Associated Press, Published January 11 2013

Vasquez's double-double leads Hornets past Wolves

NEW ORLEANS – Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 104-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Eric Gordon added 16 points, Ryan Anderson had 15, Jason Smith 14, Al-Farouz Aminu 12 and Roger Mason 10 for the Hornets, who have won five out of six with Gordon in the starting lineup.

Luke Ridnour scored 20 points to lead a balanced Timberwolves offense. Nikola Pekovic added 18 points, Andrei Kirilenko 17, Dante Cunningham 12 and Alexey Shved 11.

New Orleans trailed 29-14 after the first quarter but outscored Minnesota 56-32 over the next two periods to take a 70-61 lead.

The Hornets hit the century mark for the first time since 113-102 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 14.

MINNESOTA (92): Kirilenko 4-8 8-10 17, Cunningham 5-12 2-2 12, Pekovic 7-13 4-7 18, Ridnour 6-12 6-7 20, Shved 4-12 2-2 11, Rubio 1-3 1-2 3, Stiemsma 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 3-7 3-3 9, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 26-33 92.

NEW ORLEANS (104): Aminu 5-7 2-2 12, Davis 4-6 1-2 9, Lopez 2-3 0-0 4, Vasquez 7-16 2-2 18, Gordon 6-16 3-3 16, Roberts 2-6 0-0 4, Anderson 6-13 0-0 15, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Rivers 0-1 0-0 0, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 7-8 0-0 14, Mason 4-6 0-0 10, Henry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-84 8-9 104.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 4-18 (Ridnour 2-6, Kirilenko 1-4, Shved 1-5, Rubio 0-1, Williams 0-2), New Orleans 8-22 (Anderson 3-7, Mason 2-2, Vasquez 2-5, Gordon 1-6, Roberts 0-2). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 40 (Cunningham 9), New Orleans 46 (Aminu 13). Assists: Minnesota 20 (Shved 7), New Orleans 29 (Vasquez 13). Total Fouls: Minnesota 13, New Orleans 26. A: 13,538 (17,188).