Timberwolves defeat Hawks for sixth straight time


ATLANTA (AP) -- Even with Wally Szczerbiak on the injured list,
the Minnesota Timberwolves didn't need Kevin Garnett to shoulder
the load.

Troy Hudson scored 20 points and Marc Jackson added 18 Wednesday
as Minnesota survived an off night by Garnett to beat the Atlanta
Hawks 103-93.

"We still believe in our team,'' Garnett said. "And I think
we're trying to figure out who we are.''

Garnett was held to 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting from the
floor, but had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who
beat the Hawks for the sixth straight time. Garnett was coming off
a 34-point, 22-rebound effort in Minnesota's 110-106 overtime
victory over Memphis on Tuesday -- the Timberwolves' second game
since Szczerbiak, the team's second-best shooter, was sidelined
with a sprained toe.

"The bench came in and gave us a great lift,'' Garnett said.
"Our plan was to come out and be aggressive from the get-go.''

Glenn Robinson scored 33 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23
points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which had won three straight
and was 4-0 at home this season. But the Hawks never recovered from
a terrible second quarter in which they were outscored 33-12.

"It was a collective effort,'' Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said.
"If there's a positive, it would be the effort in the second half.
Defensively, we got more active. We turned it up a little bit. In
the first half, we were much more passive and tentative but I liked
the effort in the second half in response to the deficit.''

The Hawks were shooting an NBA-best 46.9 percent from the field
coming in, but shot just 21 percent in the second quarter as
Robinson, Jason Terry, Ira Newble and Dion Glover combined to go

"We came out cold, and they made a great run on us in the
second quarter,'' Robinson said. "It was difficult for us to
recover from, and we didn't recover until the third quarter.''

Atlanta trailed by as many as 25, and Robinson's 3 with 2:58
remaining brought the Hawks within seven, but Hudson's reverse
layin one minute later pushed Minnesota's lead back to 10.

Minnesota coach Flip Saunders was pleased with the effort of
Jackson, who didn't play Tuesday and was scoreless in eight minutes
of a six-point loss to Indiana on Saturday. Jackson's 18 points
were a career high since the Timberwolves acquired him in a
February trade with Golden State last season.

"We did some things defensively,'' Saunders said. "I thought
we controlled the tempo of the game. Marc stepped up.''

The Hawks were just 5-for-24 on 3-point attempts as Robinson,
Terry and Glover combined to shoot 4-for-20.

"They're too good scorers to be shutting down,'' Garnett said.
"We just tried to contain them at times. We had a good group in
there. They scored only 12 in the second quarter, so we have to do
a better job of finishing.''

Game notes
Atlanta placed rookie point guard Dan Dickau on the injured
list with torn cartilage in his left knee. Matt Maloney is likely
to re-sign with the Hawks after playing a reserve role last year.
... Reserve guards Rod Strickland and Anthony Peeler each had a
game-high five assists for Minnesota. ... Minnesota improved to 2-4
on the road. ... The Hawks lead their series with Minnesota 14-11,
but the Timberwolves have won three straight in Atlanta. ...
Robinson's 15 field goals were personal season high. ...
Abdur-Rahim had made 34 consecutive free throws before snapping his
streak in the third quarter.