Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Live Score, Results and Game Highlight

Andres MonteroContributor IJanuary 8, 2013

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 05:   Nikola Pekovic #14 of the Minnesota Timberwolves plays against the Boston Celtics during the game on December 5, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER:   User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It was a close one in Minnesota as the Wolves hosted the Hawks.

Nikola Pekovic led the way for Minnesota with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

Josh Smith and Lou Williams led the way for the Hawks with 21 points each.


Keys to the Game

The Wolves played great defense in this game, allowing just 42 points in the first half. Even though, they were outscored 61-50 in the second half, the early lead they were able to accumulate was enough to come up with the win.

Minnesota had 50 points in the paint tonight and pretty much controlled the paint the entire game, allowing just 38 for Atlanta.

Ricky Rubio had a great game. Even though he only scored four points, he had eight assists and controlled the pace of the game when he was in. He had the Wolves' highest +/- with 10.

Derrick Williams had a great game off the bench. He scored 17 points in 21 minutes and was extremely efficient, shooting 7-of-13 (3-of-5 from downtown).

Dante Cunngham's shot to take the lead back to three was huge. To then follow it up with a great defensive play on Atlanta's inbounds was great. While he only had six points, he should get a player of the game award for essentially winning this game.