New Orleans Hornets defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-96

The nightly blowouts are history.

Timberwolves games lately come down to the final quarter, the final minutes, sometimes the final play.

It's tangible, undeniable progress. And it makes the losses hurt much more.

"That was painful," Ryan Gomes glowered after Chris Paul's backdoor layup with 1.4 seconds left turned a Timberwolves lead into an excruciating 97-96 defeat at Target Center. "I guess it's a little bit of progress, but man, we have to win these games."