The Timberwolves led by as many as 34 points in this one, but they managed just a 10-point win over the Hawks. Coming into the game, if you said the Wolves would win by 10 (I probably wouldn't have believed it) and everyone would've been thrilled with a double-digit win over a team riding a seven-game winning streak.
It was how they got there, however. The Wolves led by as many as 34 points and they relinquished the entirety of that lead before ending the contest on an 11-0 run to close out the Hawks and take their first win in Atlanta since 2002 (when Wiggins, Towns, and LaVine were all 7 years old)!
The Hawks' largest lead was 2 points late in the fourth quarter as Minnesota led throughout up to that point. The Wolves relied heavily on second-year player Andrew Wiggins down the stretch and he certainly delivered, hitting shot after shot to propel the Wolves to an ultra-impressive W on the road.
Wiggins finished with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. This was Andrew's second-straight 30-point game after he had 31 vs. the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday. This is the first time in his career that Wiggins has had consecutive 30-point games and the sixth thirty-point game of his career.
Towns added 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 blocks. Wiggins & Towns were two of six Timberwolves players in double figures on the night: LaVine (13), Martin (13), Bjelica (11), and Rubio (10).
The Hawks were led by 20-point outings from Jeff Teague & Paul Millsap--two players instrumental in Atlanta's big comeback. Teague finished with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks; while Millsap added 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
This is Minnesota's fourth-straight road win to start the season. It is Minnesota's first time starting 4-0 on the road since the 2001-02 season and the first time they've had a four-game road winning streak since January 3rd-19th of 2009.
The win snaps the Hawks' winning streak. They lost their first game of the season to Detroit before winning seven-straight coming into the contest with Minnesota. This moves Minnesota to 4-2 on the year and the Hawks to 7-2.
Had Minnesota lost tonight it would've been the third largest comeback in NBA history (34 points). Luckily, they stayed composed down the stretch and they head back to the Target Center to face the Hornets on Tuesday night with the W. That one tips at 7pmCT, stay tuned for the Gameday preview.
Cody D. Anderson
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