The Atlanta Hawks fell — in spectacular fashion — to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second time this season, falling 104-90 at Target Center. And, to be honest, that scoreline flatters the Hawks, the Wolves just ran the Hawks out of the building. The Wolves outscored the Hawks 66-40 in the second and third quarters, sending the Wolves to just their fifth victory at home. Karl-Anthony Towns shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the field on his way to 22 points while Zach LaVine torched the Hawks from the outside, shooting 6-of-9 from three-point range on his way to 21 points.
For the Hawks, no one outside of Dwight played particularly well, the starters (outside of Dwight) combining for just 30 points.
The Timberwolves tied their season high of 15 three-pointers last night as they shot 15-of-31 from behind the arc. The Wolves were on fire from three but they sure had help because the Hawks did not defend the perimeter very well. That’s not to say the Wolves didn’t deserve the shots they took/made because they moved the ball well last night and made some tough shots too, but they shouldn’t have made as many as 15. Let’s take a look at some of the easier threes the Hawks allowed last night.
A poor pass from Dwight is telegraphed by Ricky Rubio and LaVine drifts out to the three-point line. Kent Bazemore is supposed to be guarding LaVine, but decides to head towards Karl-Anthony Towns instead and leaves LaVine wide open and he knocks the three down.