Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Rally to Top Wolves
A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks come-from-behind 104-96 victory over the Timberwolves Monday afternoon at Philips Arena:
— Welcome back, Jannero Pargo! The Hawks signed the veteran guard to a 10-day contract earlier in the day to chip in with Lou Williams out for the season and Devin Harris banged up, and sufficed to say Pargo made one heck of a first impression in his return to Atlanta. After scoring just 2 points through the first 3 quarters, Pargo erupted for 14 in the fourth quarter to lead the team to victory. You really can’t ask for much more from a guy who wasn’t on the roster as early as this morning!
— Al Horford was the boss today, and boy did the team need that. Making a final case for an All-Star spot, Horford dominated the Timberwolves in the post on his way to a season-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
— Atlanta came out about as sluggish as I’ve seen this season, giving up 31 first-quarter points and turning the ball over 8 times. Minnesota capitalized, running their lead up to as many as 18 (54-36) right before the end of the half. Thankfully the second half was a completely different story. The Hawks came out with renewed focus and energy, rattling off 10 straight points before the Timberwolves scored and showing they wouldn’t go away quietly.
— John Jenkins got his first start for Atlanta, but it was the Hawks’ other rookie who really stood out with his play on this day. Looking for a spark with the team struggling early, Hawks coach Larry Drew inserted Mike Scott into the lineup, and kept the big man in as his effort warranted. Scott contributed offensively and defensively, racking up career highs in minutes (22), points (11), rebounds (7), and steals (2).
— Free throws continue to haunt this team. Fortunately it didn’t affect the final score, but 12-21 from the charity stripe (57.1%) is pretty ugly. In fact, the Hawks shot better from the field (41-71 for 57.7%) than at the line, and it’s not often that leads to wins.
All in all, a nice home win for the city still reeling a bit from Sunday’s football devastation.
What’d you think?