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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 26: Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 26, 2016 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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.

Raining threes 

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.

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With the 2014 NBA Draft just around the corner, I sat down with a few potential Atlanta Hawks draftees during the NBA’s media availability session to get their takes on what kind of players they wanted to model their games after, how their workouts with Atlanta went and how they would fit in with the Hawks’ schemes.

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