Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Wolves


Atlanta 98, Minnesota 92 | February 24, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • The Hawks won their second straight game, knocking off Minnesota 98-92 at Philips Arena on Wednesday...Atlanta swept the season series from the T'Wolves 2-0.
  • Josh Smith led the way with a season-high 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists...Joe Johnson had 21 points and 5 assists and Al Horford tallied 11 points, 13 boards and 5 assists...Mike Bibby added 12 points and Maurice Evans had 10 off the bench.
  • The game was back-and-forth early on with the Hawks taking a 23-21 lead after one...Atlanta pushed the lead to 50-42 at the break, behind Josh Smith's 14 points (6-6 FGs, 2-2 FTs).
  • The Hawks went up 78-66 after three quarters but the T'Wolves started the 4th on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 2.
  • Atlanta regained control going up 11 points but Minnesota came back again, cutting the lead to 5 with under 30 seconds to play...The Hawks then hit 3-4 free throws to cement the win.
  • Kevin Love led the T'Wolves with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Ryan Hollins added 18 points.
  • Atlanta hit 28-32 from the foul line (87.5%) while Minnesota made 14-21 from the stripe (66.7%).
  • The Hawks won the battle of the boards 46-38, holding the T'Wolves to 7 offensive rebounds (they average 12.1 per game).
  • The Hawks are back in action on Friday at Philips Arena (7pm) against the Dallas Mavericks (ESPN and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
38:20
9-13
0-0
9-11

AST
REB
BLK
PTS
5
10
5
27

Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 11 pts, 13 reb

- Josh Smith carried the load tonight while many of his teammates experienced off-nights shooting. Smith scored a season-high 27 points and also hit a season-best nine free throws on just 11 attempts. It was Smith's 17th double-double of the season.

- As a team the Hawks shot just 40.7 percent from the field. It was only the second time this season (12 games) that Atlanta won while shooting under 41 percent. The other game was at Dallas when the Hawks won while shooting just 36 percent.

- Mike Bibby broke out of a mini-slump from behind the arc by connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half. It is the first time Bibby had netted multiple shots from long range since Feb. 5th against the Bulls.

- The Wolves started the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run to cut the Hawks lead to just two points before Al Horford stepped up with a big 3-point play to stop the bleeding. Horford finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds to turn in his team-leading 22nd double-double of the season.

- The Hawks win tonight gives them 18 wins against Western Conference opponents which is the most since the 1996-97 season when Atlanta was 22-6 against the teams from the West.