Kemba Walker scored 31 points, rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double on his 21st birthday, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss, 113-106 on Thursday night.

Jeremy Lamb added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for only the fifth time in their last 16 games.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives between Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Anthony Tolliver, left, and Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham (4) drives between Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Anthony Tolliver, left, and Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Hornets coach James Borrego turned to his youth after entering the night 3 ½ games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference and with the team’s playoff hopes fading fast.

Second-year player Dwayne Bacon got the start over Nic Batum, who earns $24 million per season. Bridges continued to start while rookie Devonte Graham and second-year pro Malik Monk (14 points) also saw action.

Youth was served as Charlotte outscored Minnesota 17-6 on fast-break points.

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Towns came in averaging 30.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists this month after averaging 30.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in February. But he was just 7 of 17 from the field and appeared to grow frustrated at times with some non-calls by the officials when there appeared to be contact.

Charlotte built its first double-digit lead at 96-86 midway through the fourth quarter when Walker went coast-to-coast and scored on a Eurostep layup between two defenders.

The Timberwolves never mounted a serious challenge after that point.

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, front, drives into Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, front, drives into Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Towns passed Kevin Love (6,989 points) to move into fourth place on the franchise’s career scoring list.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out with a concussion. He is out indefinitely. … Bench outscored Minnesota 46-26.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Visit Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Hornets: Host Celtics on Saturday night.

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