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Love's 43 Not Enough Against Hawks

Updated: 02/01/2014 9:40 PM
Created: 02/01/2014 9:36 PM KSTP.com

Kyle Korver scored 24 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in a third-quarter stretch that gave Atlanta the lead, and the Hawks overcame Kevin Love's 43 points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113 on Saturday night.

Paul Millsap, guarded by Love much of the night in a matchup of All-Stars, had 20 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

A jam by Minnesota's Corey Brewer with 2:55 remaining cut Atlanta's lead to 107-104. Jeff Teague, who had 19 points, drove for a layup and DeMarre Carroll's free throws pushed the lead to seven points.

Love's 3-pointer again trimmed the margin to three before Atlanta's Gustavo Ayon banked in an unlikely scoop shot to thwart the comeback attempt.

Kevin Martin had 17 points for the Timberwolves. Love, who overcame a sore left ankle, grabbed 19 rebounds.

Carroll scored 19 for Atlanta.

The Timberwolves led by 11 late in the first half before the Hawks answered with 38 points in the third quarter.

Love hurt his ankle late in the first half of Friday night's 94-90 loss to Memphis. He participated in warmups before the game against the Hawks and said staying on the court would be all he needed to keep the ankle loose.

The Timberwolves had a cold start, missing their first eight shots from the field as Atlanta led 14-3. Millsap scored 10 of the Hawks' first 12 points but had only two the remainder of the half.

The Hawks held their last lead of the half at 38-36 before Minnesota scored eight straight points, including a jam by Ronny Turiaf and a jumper by Love. The Timberwolves added another 8-0 run later in the half, taking a 54-43 advantage, and led 54-48 at halftime.

Korver, guarded closely by Brewer much of the game, missed his only 3-point attempt in the first half. Korver finally broke free to sink his first 3 with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter for a 60-all tie, extending his NBA record to 115 consecutive games with a 3.

Korver added another 3-pointer about a minute later and sank his third with 4:20 remaining in the quarter, giving Atlanta a 73-62 lead.

Minnesota opened the final period with quick 3s by J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved to trim Atlanta's lead to 86-81.

Barea was ejected with 6:43 remaining. He was called for a technical foul on Minnesota's end of the court and argued his case at the other end, stepping inside the 3-point arc before finally being tossed as Korver was setting up for the free throw.

NOTES: Millsap fouled out with 4:19 remaining. ... Ricky Rubio had 11 assists for Minnesota. ... The Hawks signed F Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract and he was active to start his second stint with the team. He appeared in 25 games with the Hawks before he was waived on Jan. 7 and then signed two 10-day contracts with the Bulls. ... The Hawks played their first home game since Wednesday night's game against Detroit was postponed until April 8 due to the winter storm that paralyzed the city.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love reacts after a foul call during the second half of the Timberwolves' NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 120-113 despite Love's 43 points, 19 rebounds
Photo: John Bazemore/AP

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