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
"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
"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
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.
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