National Basketball Association
Minnesota 108, Atlanta 103
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #36 David Jones, #61 Courtney Kirkland, #72 J.T. Orr
Attendance: 15988
Timberwolves 108, Hawks 103: Nikola Pekovic fought through a hip strain to collect 25 points and 18 rebounds as Minnesota jumped out early and held off visiting Atlanta.

Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points, Derrick Williams had 17 off the bench and Ricky Rubio returned from a four-game absence to hand out eight assists for the Timberwolves, who were playing their second straight game without Kevin Love (fractured hand).

Dante Cunningham, who started in Love’s spot, hit a long jumper with 15 seconds left to push the lead out to 106-103 and then picked off Josh Smith’s errant pass and found Luke Ridnour for the clinching free throws.

Minnesota held an 85-71 lead at the start of the fourth quarter before the Hawks began to get back into the game. Lou Williams scored seven points and Zaza Pachulia added four in a 17-7 burst that chopped it to 92-88 with 6:15 to play.

Al Horford’s short jumper with 36 seconds left cut the deficit to 104-103 before Cunningham stepped up. Smith finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while Williams added 21 points and eight assists for Atlanta.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Timberwolves went 8-for-15 from 3-point range, including a pair by Kirilenko late in the fourth quarter that helped keep them in the lead. … Rubio did not record a field goal attempt in 19 minutes off the bench but went 4-of-6 from the free throw line. … The Hawks have lost a season-high three straight games.
Top Game Performances
Atlanta   Minnesota
Josh Smith 21 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 25
Lou Williams 8 Assists Ricky Rubio 8
Josh Smith 13 Rebounds Nikola Pekovic 18
Lou Williams 8 Free Throws Made Nikola Pekovic 7
Al Horford 2 Steals Ricky Rubio 4
John Jenkins 2 Blocks Alexey Shved 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Atlanta 103 49.4 10-22 17-21 21 44 6 5 16
Minnesota 108 46.0 8-15 20-26 29 43 3 9 10
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Hawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.