Hawks vs. Timberwolves - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-96 at home at Philips Arena in the annual MLK Day matinee game. This was the second and final game in the regular season series with the Timberwolves for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 23-18 on the season and 1-1 in the regular season series with the Timberwolves. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and John Jenkins in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward spots, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Devin Harris (sprained left ankle) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore right knee) did not play. Johan Petro received a DNP-CD. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a season-high, game-high 28 points. He also grabbed 10 boards, giving him a double-double. Jannero Pargo added 16 points off the bench in his first game back in a Hawks uniform. Kyle Korver contributed 14 points off the bench. Mike Scott had a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Josh Smith scored 10 points and grabbed six boards. The leading scorer for the Timberwolves was Derrick Williams, with 17 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks committed eight turnovers, Derrick Williams and Greg Stiemsma combined for 17 points, and the Hawks allowed 31 points. In the second quarter, the Timberwolves outscored the Hawks 27-26 and took their largest lead of the game at 18. The Hawks, however, began a 35-17 run in the second, which extended way into the third. They trailed 58-44 at the break. In the third quarter, extending their 35-17 run, Kyle Korver scored 11 of his 14 points, and the Hawks tied the game with 3:18 left in the period. The Timberwolves then responded with an 8-0 run, and the Hawks trailed 77-70 heading into the final frame. Behind 14 fourth-quarter points from Pargo, the Hawks went on a 12-4 run and beat the Timberwolves by eight. I think that there were a couple of keys to this Hawks win. First off, they took advantage of the fact that Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic were out of the lineup for the Timberwolves by attacking the paint, and they outscored the Timberwolves 50-34 in points in the paint. Secondly, the Hawks had great ball movement. They shared the ball well (32 assists), and five players scored in double-figures as a result. With one of your best scorers (Louis Williams) out, total team effort is essential, and the Hawks had it in this one. Great comeback win for the Hawks at home.