MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ David Wesley scored 25 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets to their fifth straight victory, 83-74 Friday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

P.J. Brown added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who two nights earlier moved into first place in the Central Division. The Timberwolves were led by Kevin Garnett, who scored 20 points.

The Hornets boosted a 38-37 halftime lead to 54-44 with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter. The Wolves tied the score twice in the fourth quarter, the last time when Wally Szczerbiak hit a jumper with 2:51 remaining to make it 72-72.

Wesley drove for a basket with 1:38 remaining to give the Hornets the lead for good. After Terrell Brandon missed a jumper, Jamal Mashburn beat the Wolves defense and was fouled by Ellis on a layup attempt. Mashburn made both free throws.

The Hornets pulled away in the final minute on a 3-pointer by Mashburn and a steal and layup by Wesley.

Coach Flip Saunders put the Timberwolves through a full practice Friday morning for the first time this season on a game day, hoping to get a better defensive effort. The Wolves had given up more than 100 points in each of their last three games, including losses at Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers, and were allowing opponents to shoot 46.5 percent.

Notes: The Hornets placed forward Eddie Robinson on the injured list because of a bruised hip. ... Wesley scored in double figures for the 20th game in a row. ... The Wolves' game against Utah on Saturday night will the 1,000th in franchise history, including preseason and playoff games.