The Atlanta Hawks were high on a seven match winning streak as they met Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. But Atlanta’s golden run ended as they succumbed to a 117-107 loss against the Timberwolves, who blew a 34 point lead but finally regrouped to hold on.
Atlanta rallied to take lead in the final quarter through Paul Millsap. 107-106, at that point, it looked that profligate Minnesota has blown their 34-point-advantage and the Hawks are going to extend their winning streak.
But Wiggins and Karl-Anthony-Towns played their part in retrieving the Timberwolves in that crucial juncture. Wiggins posted the next seven points and avoided his side from going to the record books for conceding one of the biggest collapses of NBA history. Wiggins finished with career highest 33 points and Karl-Anthony Towns, the first overall pick of this season’s NBA draft added 17 to justify his promise.
Timberwolves led 81-47 in the third quarter. In terms of rebounds, Atlanta trailed 11-22. Minnesota dominated in the second quarter notching up 42 points, but the Hawks bounced back in the third to post 42.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 24 points. Millsap added 22 more. Hawks now have a 7-2 win record.
Timberwolves host Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, while Atlanta Hawks host New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.