Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 4/5

Game 1: Wednesday, April 5th
Game 2: Sunday, April 9th

Timberwolves 99

(31-44, 8-30 away)

Hawks 101

(23-51, 16-21 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    7:00 PM ET, April 5, 2006

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 32 8 27 3299
    ATL 19 28 18 36101

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 27 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Smith 17 Pts, 15 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Childress layup at buzzer lifts Hawks over Wolves

    ATLANTA (AP) -- While the Minnesota Timberwolves were looking for overtime, Atlanta's Josh Childress was looking for a full-court pass -- just like the Hawks planned.

    As soon as Ricky Davis scored a game-tying basket for Minnesota with about 2 seconds left, Childress took off on a sprint, caught the long inbounds pass from Zaza Pachulia on a bounce and scored the layup as time expired to give Atlanta a 101-99 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

    Childress said the Hawks correctly predicted "everybody crashes the boards" in a crucial situation like Davis' basket. That left the court open for the play the Hawks scripted.

    "(Pachulia) made the perfect pass," Childress said. "It was able to bounce and still lead me into the layup."

    Childress waited for the bounce, knowing the clock wouldn't start until he touched the ball.

    "It was kind of smart," Childress said with a smile.

    Trenton Hassell, chasing Childress, was the closest Minnesota player, but he couldn't stop the layup.

    Officials reviewed the replay to confirm the shot left Childress' hand before time ran out.

    The play extended the Timberwolves' road drought to almost two months. The Timberwolves lost their 13th straight road game and hasn't won away from home since beating Phoenix on Feb. 6.

    The Timberwolves acknowledged they were caught off-guard by the winning play.

    "Yeah, there was confusion, or whatever you want to call it," Davis said. "It was pretty much everything. Everybody was surprised they didn't call timeout."

    Tyronn Lue also sprinted up the floor, but Pachulia said he only saw Childress.

    "We were kind of lucky, because everybody was in the paint and everybody was celebrating," Pachulia said of Minnesota's reaction to the basket by Davis.

    Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said he didn't know who was supposed to defend Childress. "It happened so quick," Casey said, adding "We come up with different ways to lose it."

    Atlanta's Josh Smith said it was almost comical to see Childress and Lue racing up the court while almost all the other players were under the basket.

    "It was like they were running from the cops," said Smith, who had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

    Minnesota tried frantically to take the game in the final seconds.

    Joe Johnson, who scored 24 points to pace the Hawks, took a pass from Lue and hit a jumper with 10.4 seconds left for a 98-95 lead.

    Davis, who led Minnesota with 33 points, was fouled by Smith with 7.5 seconds left. Davis made the two free throws.

    Hassell fouled Childress with 6 seconds left. Childress made the first free throw for a 99-97 lead. His miss of the second was rebounded by Kevin Garnett. Davis then tied the game before Childress won it.

    "It's tough, you just have to keep playing," said Davis, who said he couldn't explain the team's inability to win on the road. "I don't know why. Lately we've been playing a lot of young guys. But I'm here to win games, not babysit."

    Garnett had 27 points and 15 rebounds.

    The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak. Childress had 10 points and eight rebounds.

    Lue made a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left for a 96-93 lead. Hassell answered with a basket to cut the lead to 96-95.

    The Timberwolves scored eight points in a quarter for the third time this season. Minnesota led 32-19 after the first period, but was outscored 28-8 in the second period, matching its franchise low for points in the quarter.

    The Timberwolves also scored eight points in the first quarter of a loss at Toronto on March 24 and in the second period of a loss to San Antonio on Dec. 15.

    The Timberwolves regained the lead with a 15-0 run after trailing 61-50 in the third period. Rashad McCants had seven points in the run and 14 in the game.

    Game notes

    The Hawks were without starting forward Al Harrington, who was held out with a strained chest muscle. ... Former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins, now a vice president with the team, was honored with a video tribute for his selection to the Basketball Hall of Fame this week. ... The teams meet again Sunday at Minnesota. ... The Timberwolves were 3-of-16 from the field in the second period.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 101
    FGM-FGA 39-77 (.506) 40-83 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 8-18 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 15-17 (.882) 13-26 (.500)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 17-42
    Assists 25 22
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 9 5
    Fast Break Points 6 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 11

    Top Performers

    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 27
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 17
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3