Sunday, July 18, 2010
Balanced effort paces Hawks by Wolves
LAS VEGAS -- The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-83 in the final day of play at the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. A close game throughout, the Hawks went on a 6-0 run in final minutes of the game to secure a 12-point lead, 87-75, and never looked back, despite the Timberwolves cutting it to six before the buzzer sounded.
Jordan Crawford and Jeff Teague spearheaded Atlanta's offense, scoring 15 apiece. Alade Aminu chipped in with 14, while Randolph Morris scored 13 in the balanced effort. Lazar Hayward finished with a game-high 19 points for Minnesota, while Wayne Ellington scored 18 in the loss.
Patrick O'Bryant and Ellington each scored six points for the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter, but the spurt wasn't enough to overcome the Hawks' lead.
The Hawks shot an impressive 58 percent (11-of-19) from the field in the first quarter en route to an eight-point advantage, 29-21, at the end of one. Aminu finished with eight points on a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor, and Teague scored seven in the period. Minnesota's offensive was anchored by Hayward early -- he scored 10 points in the first.
Minnesota dominated the second quarter, outscoring Atlanta 23-15 in the period, and regaining the lead for the first time, 34-33, on an Ellington layup. From there, the teams traded baskets, swapping the lead four times before Ellington connected on a long-range three as the first-half clock wound down to give tie the game at 44 going into the halftime break.
The seesaw battle continued in the third quarter, with the teams trading buckets and the lead through much of the period. At the end of three, Atlanta owned a five-point lead, 66-61.
The Hawks finish their 2010 NBA Summer League schedule with an 3-2 record, while the Timberwolves head back to Minnesota with a record of 1-4 at the desert classic.
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