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               === Horford, Hawks down injury-riddled Wolves ===
 Atlanta,  GA (Sports  Network) - The Atlanta Hawks picked up their energy just
 in time against the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves.
 Al Horford tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Hawks' 104-96 victory over
 the Wolves.
 Jannero Pargo added 16 points for Atlanta, which had lost eight of its last 10
 games coming in.
 "Coach  got  after us pretty  good," Horford said  of Larry Drew's reaction at
 halftime  when the Hawks trailed 58-44. "He told us he expected better from us
 and  frankly  I did as  well. I thought  we needed to  be better in the second
 The  Hawks shot  a sizzling 57.7 percent (41-of-71) from the floor, but turned
 the ball over 22 times, which led to 26 Minnesota points.
 Derrick  Williams netted  17 points to lead the Timberwolves, who have dropped
 six of their last seven contests.
 Minnesota  was without  Kevin Love (hand), Nikola Pekovic (bruised right quad)
 and  Alexey Shved  (ankle),  all  double-digit scorers,  and  head coach  Rick
 Adelman, who is tending to his hospitalized wife.
 The  Timberwolves  built  an  18-point  second-quarter  advantage,  but  found
 themselves trailing with 4:32 left in the fourth following a 14-4 Atlanta run.
 A  Pargo 3-pointer lifted the Hawks to a 92-89 edge with 5:26 left, giving the
 hosts  their first lead since the 8:53 mark of the opening frame. Smith capped
 the  run  with a layup  for a  94-89 margin after  Horford stole the ball from
 Andrei Kirilenko.
 A  bit later,  Kirilenko's three-point  play pulled  the visitors  within one,
 94-93,  with  3:43 to  go, but  seven consecutive Atlanta  points put the game
 Pargo  hit a  trey,  Jeff Teague  sunk  a  pair of  flagrant  free throws  and
 Horford's dunk made it 101-93 in favor of Atlanta with 2:56 left.
 Earlier,  Minnesota led  by as many as  15 in the first stanza before taking a
 31-18  margin into the second. The Wolves' advantage reached its apex at 52-34
 with 4:49 left in the second before they took a 58-44 cushion into the break.
 "I  thought  we came out  with good energy, good  activity in the first half,"
 Wolves  interim head coach Terry Porter said. "In the second half, the two key
 areas for us was turnovers and transition defense."
 Minnesota went into the fourth with a 77-70 edge.
                                   Game Notes
 Minnesota  gave the ball away 20 times, which led to 26 Atlanta points ... The
 Hawks  held  a 50-34 points  in the paint advantage  ... Atlanta has a 10-game
 home winning streak against the Timberwolves.
 01/21 17:52:26 ET

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