RECAP: Hawks 120, Wolves 113

Bo Churney —  February 2, 2014


MIN(23-24) 113 – 120 (25-21)ATL

Key Performers:
K. Korver (ATL): 24 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast
K. Love (MIN): 43 pts, 19 reb

Before the game, Rick Adelman informed the media that Kevin Love was a game-time decision due to the ankle he injured the night before. Well, Kevin Love decided to play and he played like a monster, getting to the line 18 times and putting up 43 points. However, Love and the T-Wolves could have used some defense, as the Hawks were able to score 120+ points for a second consecutive game, largely led by Kyle Korver in the third quarter. The Hawks move back to a season-high four games over .500 with the victory.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: Millsap set a strong tone early, scoring 10 points in the first five minutes of the game. He fell off after that, though, finishing the game with 20 points on 18 shots before fouling out with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Millsap was also rather sloppy handling the ball, resulting in five turnovers. 6.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: Budenholzer again had strong compliments for DeMarre after the game, stating that DeMarre is the guy who sets the defensive tone for the team. 113 points is a lot to give up, but it probably would have been more if it hadn’t been for DeMarre’s effort in the third quarter. He also had a weird offensive night, taking 15 shots, but scoring 19 points. 8/10

Kyle Korver: For what DeMarre was on defense in the third quarter, Korver was that on offense. Korver hit a trio of threes in the period and the Hawks scored 38 points to Minnesota’s 21. Korver also had a key play at the end of the first half, where he was fouled by Corey Brewer on a 30′ three-point attempt with 0.1 seconds left. Korver sank all three of the free throws, which moved the Hawks from down nine to only down six. 9/10

Jeff Teague: Jeff’s ankle didn’t seem to be bothered by the back-to-back at all, and he had a good night despite the tough matchup with Ricky Rubio. Teague had eight assists and only one turnover for the second straight game, plus three steals. 8/10

Gustavo Ayon: #NeverForget: Gustavo Ayon hitting a running layup off the glass late in the game to help seal the game for the Hawks. Didn’t know Goose could do that. 7/10

Elton Brand: Elton took another three in this game! It was a late clock situation, however, so it was more of a forced shot than an actual attempt. Otherwise, Elton had just an OK game, with rebounding and boxing out being his best attributes in this one. 7/10

Mike Scott: Mike Scott is averaging 14 points over his last 10 games. He’s really becoming such a huge factor with his offensive spark that he brings off the bench. Here, he had 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists. 8/10

Lou Williams: A vintage Lou Williams is good at drawing fouls. Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league at not committing fouls. That said, Lou still had five assists off the bench in this game. 6/10

Shelvin Mack: Shelvin was… there? He didn’t have a terrible game, but there was a noticeable drop off from the way Teague was playing to the way Shelvin played. That’s not the worst thing in the world, of course, as Jeff should be having better games that Shelvin. 6/10

Mike Budenhozler: The Wolves may have been without Pekovic, but this is still a good win for the Hawks. Minnesota is a good team and there’s nothing wrong with getting a win against a good team. The Hawks might need a better contingency plan for Millsap’s foul trouble, however, as Kevin Love was able to do a lot of damage in the last four minutes with Mike Scott and Gustavo Ayon guarding him. 8/10

Opposition: Pretty awful effort from the Wolves sans Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio’s passing. Kevin Martin got more than he could handle from DeMarre and nobody on the woeful Wolves bench could make much of a difference… unless you count JJ Barea getting ejected for yelling at the refs. THAT might have made a difference. 6/10

Next: Atlanta vs Indiana, Tuesday, February 4th

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One response to RECAP: Hawks 120, Wolves 113

  1. Goose’s shot was probably the ugliest thing I’ve seen all year.