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Atlanta Hawks Lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-103

January 9th, 2013 at 12:20 AM
By Gordon Robinson

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The Atlanta Hawks traveled up to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves hoping to put the past two games behind them. The Timberwolves were without their head coach Rick Adelman (personal reasons) and Terry Porter stepped up in his absence. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Atlanta Hawks for the first time since 2006, breaking an 11 game drought. 

The Atlanta Hawks started out "soft" according to head coach Larry Drew and found themselves down by 17 points in the first half. At the end of the first half the score was 58-42 and the Hawks had dug themselves a deep hole to climb out of. Coach Drew challenged his team to step the game up in the second half and the Hawks came out on a run that helped to get the game back to within reach. Minnesota followed with a run of their own and from there it was a battle. Atlanta won the second half 61-50, but it was too little and too late. The final score saw Atlanta lose their third game in a row, 108-103.

Nikola Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 25 points and 18 rebounds with Kevin Love out of the game. Andrei Kirilenko scored 21 points, Derrick Williams came off of the bench to score 17 and Alexey Shved added 15 points and seven assists.

Both Al Horford and Josh Smith racked up double-doubles for Atlanta. Josh Smith scored 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Horford put in 19 points and 11 boards. Lou Williams also scored 21 points to go with eight assists, Kyle Korver scored 15 and John Jenkins added 10 points in the loss.


Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, NBA

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