NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Atlanta
(Saturday, March 10th)
Final Score: Atlanta 99, Minnesota 93
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting to lead Atlanta to a 99-93 victory over Minnesota, as the Hawks won their third straight game.
Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who missed just one of 22 free throws, on their way to sweeping the season series from the Timberwolves. Josh Childress also scored 16 for Atlanta, which has won four in a row at home over Minnesota.
"It feels good to do that (career-high) and get the win," Smith said. "It's all predicated to us being unselfish."
Kevin Garnett tallied 32 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Ricky Davis ended with 19 points, while Troy Hudson scored 10 in a losing cause.
"We had good moments of basketball where we just moved the ball," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said. "That's what he have to keep doing."
Hudson's three-pointer brought Minnesota within 93-91 with 1 1/2 minutes left, but Anthony Johnson drained a jumper at the other end.
Two Davis free throws had Minnesota within two again with just over a minute left, but Smith's bucket expanded the margin to four with 51 seconds left.
Minnesota then faltered down the stretch, as Davis and Hudson missed three- point shots.
The Hawks led 22-21 after the opening quarter, but trailed 50-44 at the half. It was 74-72 in favor of Minnesota through three quarters. Atlanta finally went ahead for good after Salim Stoudamire passed to Smith for a dunk and an 84-83 margin with just under six minutes left.
Atlanta posted a 105-88 win at Minnesota on January 17...This was Garnett's 54th double-double of the season.
03/10 22:23:58 ET