The Atlanta Hawks moved to 25-21 after holding off the Minnesota Timberwolves in Phillips Arena and winning 120-113. The Hawks got off to a quick start in the game, but the T-Wolves would come clawing back to end the half with a 54-48 lead.
However, Atlanta came roaring back in the third quarter and starting things off on a 15-4 run, with Paul Millsap reclaiming the lead on a 10 foot jumper (assisted by Jeff Teague). After that bucket, the Hawks held the lead for the rest of the night, despite a few solid attempts at a comeback from Minnesota.
Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks in this one, scoring 24 points and extending his NBA record of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 115. He was in the game for a team-high 36 minutes and was an extremely efficient shooter throughout the game. He was 7-9 from the floor, 3-5 from three, and 7-8 from the free throw line.
Each of Atlanta’s other starters–except for Gustavo Ayon–got into the double digits scoring: Paul Millsap dropped 20, while Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll both put up 19 points. Another big contributor was Mike Scott (he’s been playing extremely well lately) off of the bench. In 21 minutes, he scored 14 points, picked up 6 boards and also added three assists.
As expected, Kevin Love was the man for the T-Wolves. He took 22 shots (twice as many as any other Minnesota player) and made 12 of them, finishing the game with 43 points after converting 17 of 18 from the free throw line. I put emphasis on that only because it’s extremely impressive, and Love also caused Millsap to foul out with a bit more than four minutes to go in the game. In addition to the scoring, Love hauled in 19 of his team’s 46 rebounds.
The Hawks have now won back-to-back games and are looking for a third Tuesday when they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers.