Childress’ Buzzer-Beater Sinks Wolves
Atlanta 101, Minnesota 99
ATLANTA, April 5 (Ticker) -- Josh Childress' break-away layup as time expired gave the Atlanta Hawks a 101-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost their 13th straight road game.
A second-year forward, Childress was huge off the bench, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds while also collecting two blocks in 34 minutes.
Childress split a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 99-97 edge. Minnesota's Ricky Davis answered with a basket of his own four seconds later.
But as the Timberwolves began to celebrate, ZaZa Pachulia inbounded the ball to Childress, who was halfway down court as he made the winning layup with his left hand as the buzzer sounded.
"We were kind of lucky because everybody (on Minnesota) was in the paint," said Pachulia, who scored 15 points. "Everybody was celebrating. I was very close to the basket. I saw him (Childress) take off. I just bounced the ball. It was like the perfect pass."
"I was on the sideline watching and Tyronn (Lue) was over there talking to Josh about if they scored, to just break out," said Hawks forward Josh Smith, who had his 10th double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. "As soon as they (Minnesota) did, I saw Lue take off. When he (Childress) took off, I didn't see him at first, but he made a smart play by not touching the ball right away so he could finish with the left hand."
Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Lue added 16 off the bench for the Hawks, who shot 48 percent (40-of-83) from the floor.
Atlanta set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a quarter by giving up just eight in the second period.
"We went to the zone (in the second quarter) and the zone was active again," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "They couldn't make shots and we capitalized on their mistakes and were fortunate to get the lead we had at the half."
"Anytime you score just eight points in a quarter in an NBA game, something's wrong," said Davis, who scored 33 points. "At some point in the season, I guess you get numb."
Superstar Swingman Kevin Garnett 27 and 15 rebounds and rookie Rashad McCants added 14 points for Minnesota, which shot 50 percent (39-of-77) overall.