Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/26

Game 1: Wednesday, January 26th
Game 2: Saturday, April 9th

Timberwolves 98

(40-37, 18-21 away)

Hawks 105

(12-64, 9-29 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    7:00 PM ET, April 9, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 30 22 24 2298
    ATL 23 28 25 29105

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: T. Lue 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Wolves 4 games out of 8th spot with 5 left

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves need a remarkable winning streak to revive their playoff hopes. The Hawks made sure it didn't start in Atlanta.

    Tyronn Lue scored 23 points, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta beat Minnesota 105-98 Saturday night to end a 14-game losing streak and deal the Timberwolves a devastating blow.

    "It's a loss. It's a major loss. It don't look too good," said Timberwolves guard Sam Cassell, who shot 1-for-8 and scored only two points. "We're just going to try to keep winning and cross our fingers."

    Kevin Garnett had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Minnesota (40-37), who fell four games behind eighth-place Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.

    With five games remaining, the Timberwolves aren't officially done. They can still sneak into the postseason if they win out and the Grizzlies (43-32) lose six of their last seven.

    "We have no one to blame beside ourselves," Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale said. "Tonight's game is a microcosm of our year. We were selfish on both ends of the floor, defensively and offensively."

    The Hawks, meanwhile, are trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

    "We haven't won two (straight) all year, and that's something we are going to push between now and gametime on Monday," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said.

    With the game tied at 76 entering the fourth, Lue scored 14 points in the final period to spark the upset. He was 9-of-12 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

    "I guess it was the best quarter I ever had," Lue said. "I was able to get some good looks and knock them down."

    Lue's run of 12 straight points began with a basket with 5:30 left to give Atlanta a 91-85 lead and ended with 17.3 seconds left on a short jumper for a 101-96 lead.

    "He was huge," Woodson said. "It's a great win for our team here at home, in front of our fans playing a team that's fighting for a playoff spot."

    Atlanta hadn't won since March 11 at Toronto and had dropped 27 of its last 28 games. The Hawks' last home victory was Feb. 7 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Tony Delk added 18 points for the Hawks, while Josh Childress and Josh Smith had 14, Jason Collier 12 and Royal Ivey 10.

    Michael Olowokandi added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Latrell Sprewell had 17 points for Minnesota.

    The Timberwolves took a 76-67 lead with 2:52 left in the third period on a pair of free throws by Garnett before the Hawks ran off the last nine points of the quarter -- four by Ivey.

    Minnesota led by as many as 13 points in the opening quarter, but the Hawks narrowed it to 52-51 at the half, then took their first lead of the game on a basket by Collier to start the third quarter.

    A basket by Sprewell with 4:25 left in the first quarter gave Minnesota a 25-12 lead, its biggest of the game.

    Game notes

    Atlanta placed center Obinna Ekezie on the injured list and signed free agent forward James Thomas for the remainder of the season. ... The Timberwolves have disappointed after finishing with the best record in the Western Conference last season. ... Garnett was 8-of-14 from the field and 15-of-15 at the free throw line during his 67th double-double of the season, best in the league.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 105
    FGM-FGA 36-79 (.456) 42-85 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 7-14 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 14-14 (1.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-41 9-39
    Assists 20 23
    Turnovers 14 10
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 7 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 7

    Top Performers

    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 31
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Tyronn Lue Lue
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0