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Smith, Hawks stop Timberwolves

Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, front, tangles with the Hawks’ Josh Smith under the basket. Smith scores a season-high 27 as Atlanta dampens Love’s big night of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

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Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, front, tangles with the Hawks’ Josh Smith under the basket. Smith scores a season-high 27 as Atlanta dampens Love’s big night of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

ATLANTA — Josh Smith scored a season-high 27, Joe Johnson added 21 and the Hawks beat the Timberwolves 98-92 on Wednesday night.

Former Gator Al Horford finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won nine of 11 at home to improve to 22-6 at Philips Arena.

Despite 19 points and 12 rebounds from Kevin Love, Minnesota remained stuck with five road wins, tied with Sacramento for third fewest in the league.

Atlanta, which won Monday in Utah for the first time since 1993, took its biggest lead at 16 on Maurice Evans' three-point play late in the third.

Ryan Hollins added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who have dropped seven of eight, and Ryan Gomes finished with 11.

The Timberwolves had hoped to win on the road for the second time in two nights, and they closed within two when Damien Wilkins' three-point play made it 78-76 with 10:14 remaining.

But nearly two minutes later, Smith took Horford's tip rebound on the right side and converted a three-point play to make it 85-80.

The Hawks have won seven straight over Minnesota to improve to 15-5 at home in the series.

Atlanta sixth man Jamal Crawford missed all seven of his field-goal attempts, including four 3-pointers.

Game highlights: Zach Randolph had 22 points, and Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each added 20 as the Grizzlies beat the host Wizards 99-94. Gasol, who scored all of his 20 points in the first three quarters, made his first 10 shots and finished 10-of-11 from the field. O.J. Mayo was held to two points in the first half, but finished with 17 for Memphis, which has now won its last three road games. Andray Blatche scored 24 for the Wizards, playing their first game without forward Josh Howard, who was ruled out for the season because of an ACL tear just four games after joining the team in a trade. The Wizards then signed forward Mike Harris to a 10-day contract. … Andre Miller had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, Brandon Roy scored 20, and the Trail Blazers beat the host Raptors 101-87. Portland won its second straight to open a five-game road trip that will also take the Blazers to Chicago, Minnesota and Memphis. The Raptors failed to top 100 points, ending a 20-game streak that began Jan. 6 at Orlando. … Andrew Bogut had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Bucks to a 115-95 victory over the Hornets. Fresh off his 24-point, 20-rebound performance in a rout of the Knicks on Monday, Bogut had his fourth straight double double in Milwaukee's fourth straight win, which put the Bucks (28-28) at .500 for the first time since Dec. 12. It's the first time Milwaukee has been .500 or better after the All-Star break since 2005-06, when the Bucks last made the playoffs.

Around the league: Celtics coach Doc Rivers says leading scorer Paul Pierce will not play tonight when Boston takes on LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Rivers held Pierce out of practice to protect the star forward's injured right thumb.

Hawks 98, Timberwolves 92

MINNESOTA (92): Gomes 5-8 0-0 11, Jefferson 5-9 0-0 10, Hollins 6-9 6-10 18, Flynn 4-13 0-0 9, Brewer 4-11 0-1 10, Love 6-10 7-9 19, Milicic 0-1 0-0 0, Ellington 0-4 0-0 0, Sessions 0-4 0-0 0, Pavlovic 0-2 0-0 0, Wilkins 6-8 1-1 15. Totals 36-79 14-21 92.

ATLANTA (98): Williams 0-4 4-5 4, Jos.Smith 9-13 9-11 27, Horford 5-14 1-1 11, Bibby 5-9 0-0 12, Johnson 7-16 6-7 21, Crawford 0-7 1-1 1, Evans 4-7 1-1 10, Teague 1-1 2-2 4, Pachulia 0-4 2-2 2, J. Smith 2-6 2-2 6, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 28-32 98.

Minnesota 21 21 24 26— 92

Atlanta 23 27 28 20— 98

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 6-16 (Wilkins 2-2, Brewer 2-5, Flynn 1-2, Gomes 1-4, Love 0-1, Ellington 0-2), Atlanta 4-14 (Bibby 2-4, Evans 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Crawford 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 47 (Love 12), Atlanta 55 (Horford 13). AssistsMinnesota 21 (Flynn 8), Atlanta 23 (Johnson, Horford, Jos.Smith 5). Total FoulsMinnesota 22, Atlanta 16. TechnicalsMinnesota Coach Rambis, Minnesota defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Ellington. A15,059.

Grizzlies 99, Wizards 94

MEMPHIS (99): Gay 9-20 2-4 20, Randolph 8-15 5-6 22, Gasol 10-11 0-2 20, Conley 0-6 2-2 2, Mayo 7-15 1-2 17, Haddadi 3-4 2-2 8, S.Young 2-4 0-0 4, Williams 1-7 0-0 2, Arthur 2-5 0-0 4, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-87 12-18 99.

WASHINGTON (94): Thornton 6-10 4-6 16, Blatche 10-19 4-5 24, McGee 4-5 2-2 10, Foye 2-6 3-3 8, Miller 3-6 0-0 6, Oberto 2-3 0-0 4, Boykins 4-11 0-1 8, Singleton 2-9 5-6 9, Ross 0-3 0-0 0, N.Young 3-4 1-3 7, Harris 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-77 19-26 94.

Memphis 27 19 23 30— 99

Washington 23 25 20 26— 94

3-Point GoalsMemphis 3-10 (Mayo 2-5, Randolph 1-1, Gay 0-1, Conley 0-1, Williams 0-2), Washington 1-7 (Foye 1-4, Blatche 0-1, Ross 0-1, Boykins 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 51 (Randolph 9), Washington 47 (Thornton 11). AssistsMemphis 23 (Mayo 8), Washington 26 (Foye, Miller 7). Total FoulsMemphis 18, Washington 18. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second. A11,875.

Trail Blazers 101, Raptors 87

PORTLAND (101): Batum 4-6 0-0 9, Aldridge 4-12 1-2 9, Howard 4-7 2-2 10, Miller 8-14 2-2 18, Roy 8-17 3-5 20, Bayless 5-13 0-0 11, Fernandez 6-9 2-2 17, Cunningham 3-7 1-2 7, Webster 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-85 11-15 101.

TORONTO (87): Turkoglu 8-9 5-6 24, Bargnani 6-16 2-2 15, Nesterovic 2-3 0-0 4, Jack 7-13 2-4 18, DeRozan 0-2 2-2 2, Wright 1-7 0-0 2, Belinelli 1-3 0-0 2, Calderon 2-8 0-0 5, Johnson 5-8 0-0 10, Evans 1-4 0-1 2, Weems 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 34-76 12-17 87.

Portland 32 21 25 23— 101

Toronto 24 23 21 19— 87

3-Point GoalsPortland 6-15 (Fernandez 3-5, Batum 1-2, Roy 1-3, Bayless 1-4, Miller 0-1), Toronto 7-20 (Turkoglu 3-3, Jack 2-4, Calderon 1-3, Bargnani 1-6, Belinelli 0-1, Wright 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 48 (Miller, Fernandez 7), Toronto 46 (Johnson, Evans 8). AssistsPortland 25 (Miller 10), Toronto 18 (Jack 8). Total FoulsPortland 19, Toronto 17. A16,161

Bucks 115, Hornets 95

NEW ORLEANS (95): Stojakovic 4-8 1-2 11, West 8-16 3-4 19, Okafor 3-5 2-2 8, Collison 7-16 8-9 22, Peterson 0-2 0-0 0, Thornton 8-21 6-6 25, Gray 1-2 0-0 2, Wright 2-5 0-0 4, Posey 1-6 0-0 2, Marks 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 35-82 20-24 95.

MILWAUKEE (115): Delfino 4-8 0-0 9, Mbah a Moute 4-7 2-3 10, Bogut 13-20 0-0 26, Jennings 4-11 0-2 9, Salmons 5-11 8-8 18, Ilyasova 4-10 0-1 9, Stackhouse 4-7 3-3 13, Ridnour 5-10 0-0 10, Thomas 2-2 0-0 4, Bell 3-4 0-0 7, Brezec 0-0 0-0 0, Ivey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 48-92 13-17 115.

New Orleans 28 27 17 23— 95

Milwaukee 31 30 28 26— 115

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 5-15 (Thornton 3-5, Stojakovic 2-2, Collison 0-1, West 0-1, Peterson 0-2, Posey 0-4), Milwaukee 6-18 (Stackhouse 2-3, Bell 1-2, Jennings 1-3, Delfino 1-4, Ilyasova 1-4, Salmons 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 47 (West 9), Milwaukee 52 (Bogut 13). AssistsNew Orleans 17 (Collison 9), Milwaukee 26 (Ridnour 6). Total FoulsNew Orleans 17, Milwaukee 20. TechnicalsThornton. A11,936

Smith, Hawks stop Timberwolves 02/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:50pm]

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