Wolves blow 34-point lead, still top Hawks

Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:00am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Minnesota Timberwolves held on to end the Atlanta Hawks' seven-game winning streak and, in the process, they stopped a stretch of futility that went back 13 years.

Guard Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points, including eight down the stretch, and the Timberwolves won 117-107 despite letting a 34-point lead temporarily slip away.

"Those last minutes, Andrew was unbelievable," Minnesota interim coach Sam Mitchell said. "We tried to get the ball in his hands, and he was feeling it. ... He was amazing."

The Hawks (7-2) took a 107-106 lead on a basket by forward Paul Millsap, but Wiggins converted a three-point play with three minutes left, and the Timberwolves (4-2) pulled back away from there.

The Timberwolves had lost 12 straight in Atlanta since recording a 103-93 victory on Nov. 20, 2002.

Forward Kevin Garnett, in his 21st season, played in that game, but more than a few of his present Minnesota team mates were in elementary school at the time. It looked as if the Timberwolves' inexperience might prove costly.

Minnesota led 81-47 before the Hawks closed the third quarter on a 37-12 run behind 14 points by guard Jeff Teague to pull within 93-84 going into the fourth. Atlanta then kept up the comeback.

"We got frazzled," Mitchell said.

Wiggins, though, pulled the Timberwolves through as they improved to 4-0 on the road.   Continued...

 
Nov 9, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks former forward Dominique Wilkins (right) congratulates Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after a game at Philips Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Hawks 117-107. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports