Wolves slip to Hawks 111-105

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks were relieved but anything but giddy after ending their four-game losing streak.


Hawks’ inability to pull away from Kevin Love and the Minnesota

Timberwolves convinced coach Larry Drew his team hasn’t solved all of

its troubles.

Al Horford had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Hawks held to beat the Timberwolves 111-105 on Sunday.


had 22 points and 17 rebounds in his first game since posting 31 points

and 31 rebounds in a win over the New York Knicks, the NBA’s first

30-30 game since Moses Malone in 1982. Michael Beasley led Minnesota

with 25 points.

The Hawks led by 15 at 93-78 early in the final

period but couldn’t put the game away. The Timberwolves cut the lead to

four on a 3-pointer by Beasley with 17 seconds remaining.


had ample opportunities to create separation but we made some bad plays

and made some bad decisions,” Drew said, adding his players “have to be


“It’s not a time to panic,” Drew said. “It’s an area I will continue to pay attention to every single day.”

Minnesota outscored the Hawks 33-28 in the final period but couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers.


outhustled us. They got second-chance points and rebounds and stuff

like that,” said Minnesota’s Sebastian Telfair, who had 18 points and

eight assists. “But our problem tonight was, between me and Kevin and

Beasley, we had 15 turnovers. And we’re the guys that have the ball in

our hands the whole game. That shouldn’t happen. Not for us to win.”


needed three stitches for a cut on the top of his head following a

collision with Anthony Tolliver late in the opening quarter. Horford

returned midway through the second.

“Our backs were against the wall,” Horford said. “We’ve been in a slump, so it was a big one for us.”


Smith added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which won for the

first time since moving to 6-0 with a 113-103 win at Minnesota on Nov.

5. The Hawks avoided losing five straight for the first time since 2008.


led Atlanta’s defensive effort on Love, who leads the NBA with his

average of 14.6 rebounds after his big game against the Knicks.

“Those are dramatic numbers,” Horford said. “I think Josh Smith did a great job on him to contain him as best he could.”

Jamal Crawford, who led Atlanta’s reserves with 11 points, called the win “very important.”

“At this point, we had to stop the bleeding,” said Crawford, who acknowledged the Hawks’ performance wasn’t perfect.

“Right now we just have to take it any way we can get it,” Crawford said.


led 17-7 after an 11-0 run, but Atlanta recovered to lead 30-27 at the

end of the first period and kept the lead the rest of the game. The

Hawks took their biggest lead at 81-64 and led 93-78 before the Wolves

closed the deficit with a string of three 3-pointers.


Brewer’s 3 cut the lead to 97-93, but after coach Larry Drew called a

timeout, the Hawks recovered with two quick baskets by Smith and Joe

Johnson and two free throws by Horford for a 103-92 lead.

“I think that shows how hard we can work,” said Beasley of the late comeback attempt.


a young team. We’ve got to find our niche, know when to speed it up,

know when to slow it down, know when to pressure. But that comes with


Johnson finished with 17 points and Jamal Crawford had 11. Tolliver finished with 13 points for the Wolves.

NOTES: Wolves

C Nikola Pekovic (left foot) and G Wayne Ellington (left thigh) were

not with the team. Ellington missed his fourth straight game, leaving

Minnesota with 10 players in uniform. … Horford blocked three shots.

… The Hawks had 12 steals, including three by Jeff Teague.

Updated November 14, 2010