Hawks Lose to Wolves, Drop Fourth Straight

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Robby Kalland

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The Hawks (31-38) dropped their fourth game in a row as the Timberwolves (35-35) ran away with a 107-83 victory. The Hawks had 26 turnovers — 17 Minnesota steals — leading to 32 points for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio led the Wolves defensive pressure with six steals along with 10 assists and four points, while Gorgui Dieng and Kevin Love dominated the paint with both recording double-doubles and combining for 29 points and 27 rebounds.

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The Hawks shot just 31% from the field in the first half but were still within striking distance with Minnesota leading by seven. However, after getting the deficit down to three early in the third quarter, the floodgates opened as the Wolves forced the Hawks into eight turnovers.

The Wolves carried a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, and the Hawks continued to struggle offensively with turnovers — eight in the fourth — while Minnesota rained in six three-pointers on 12 attempts in the final period. With a back-to-back tomorrow in Atlanta, Coach Budenholzer had the bench unit play out the fourth quarter as Mike Scott was the only starter to see the floor.

Even when the Hawks were able to get into their offense, they struggled to hit shots and shot 37.8% for the game (25% from three). Scott led the Hawks with 15 points and seven rebounds as he got the start at small forward and was an efficient 6-for-11 from the floor. Aside from Scott, only Elton Brand and Cartier Martin shot 50% or better from the field. Jeff Teague was held scoreless with six assists, and Paul Millsap had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but was just 4-for-13 from the field.

Adding injury to insult, Pero Antic suffered a sprained right ankle after stepping on a coach’s foot on the sideline after a three-pointer. The Hawks loss moved them to 2.5 games ahead of the Knicks — in action tonight — and a Bobcats win made the gap to seventh place three games. All four of the Hawks losses have come with Kyle Korver out of the lineup, and on the season the Hawks are just 1-7 when Korver is out. The Hawks will play the Trailblazers back in Atlanta on Thursday night.

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