The Atlanta Hawks suffered their third straight loss as they fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 108-103. This game was reminiscent of last week's loss to the Detroit Pistons as the Hawks dug themselves an early hole only to make a furious rally at the end. Atlanta trailed 58-42 at the half but had a chance to tie the game with a three at the end when Josh Smith's inbounds pass was stolen by Minnesota's Dante Cunningham.
The Hawks were coming off of a disappointing loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday that prompted a team meeting. There were certainly hoping to get off to a better start on Tuesday. Atlanta fell behind by double digets early to the T-Wolves and had to use up a lot of energy trying to come back. Lapses at both ends of the floor hurt the Hawks who struggled particularly in the first half to find a rhythm offensively.
Atlanta had little answer for Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic who finished with a game-high 25 points and 18 rebounds. The Timberwolves dominated the glass early although the Hawks were able to more than hold their own in the second half helping to spark the comeback.
Josh Smith and Lou Williams led Atlanta with 21 points each. Al Horford added 19 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Korver chipped in 15. Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points for Minnesota including a pair of back breaking threes in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Hawks.
Atlanta is back in action on Wednesday as they will finish off their road back-to-back with a stop in Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers.
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