Williams, Hornets upend Timberwolves

Mo Williams led Charlotte with 24 points in his first game back at Target Center since being traded.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams scored 24 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson each added 18 and the Charlotte Hornets snapped their three-game skid by beating Minnesota 109-98 on Sunday night.

Gerald Henderson added 17 points for the Hornets.

Gorgui Dieng led Minnesota with 16 points and Kevin Martin had 15 points and nine assists.

The Wolves trailed by 13 in the first half, Williams provided a spark off the bench with his smooth shooting, just as he did in many of his 41 games with the Timberwolves this season.

Williams shot 10 for 16 from the floor in his first game at Target Center since the Wolves traded him to Charlotte on Feb. 10.

Williams, who had a 52-point game for the Wolves this season, has scored in double figures in 14 of the 16 games he’s played for Charlotte since the trade.

Kidd-Gilchrist helped key a 24-6 run spanning the second and third quarters that helped put Charlotte in front for good. Henderson and Kemba Walker combined for 12 points during the spurt; Walker finished with 16 points.