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Hawks 104, Timberwolves 96

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks erased an 18-point halftime deficit and then battled the Minnesota Timberwolves tooth and nail in the second half to scratch out a 104-96 win Monday afternoon at Philips Arena.

Al Horford led the Hawks (23-18) with 28 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jannero Pargo, signed to a 10-day contract before the game, scored a season-high 16 points, all but two of them in the fourth quarter.

Josh Smith, flirting with foul trouble, had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. Mike Scott had 11 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Jeff Teague nine points and 10 assists.

The Timberwolves (17-21) had six players who scored in double figures. Derrick Williams led the charge with 17 points and four rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists; Greg Stiemsma added 11 points and five rebounds; Luke Ridnour had 12 points and J.J. Barea had 14 points and seven assists. Dante Cunningham, returning from the flu, had 13 points.

The Hawks reeled off seven straight points to start the third quarter, as Kyle Korver got hot, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the period.

It was a battle of banged-up rosters. Each team had to sign 10-day-contract players lately to have 10 healthy players on their rosters. The 2 p.m. ET start appeared to have deprived the sluggish Hawks of sleep as they committed eight first-quarter turnovers.

The Hawks have a 10-game home winning streak over Timberwolves. The last time Minnesota won in Atlanta was Nov. 20, 2002.

Notes: The Hawks, dropping like flies at the guard position, signed veteran Pargo to help fill the void. Pargo played in 50 games for the Hawks last season and had played in seven games for the Washington Wizards earlier this season. Hawks coach Larry Drew said that of the players available to sign, Pargo made the most sense because he's already familiar with Hawks plays and personnel. The Hawks lost Lou Williams to a season-ending ACL injury last Friday, had Devin Harris limp off the court Saturday with a sprained left ankle, and continue to nurse Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore right knee) through injuries. Harris is day-to-day but Drew said he was out for this game. ... In his absence, rookie John Jenkins made his first NBA start. ... Timberwolves acting coach Terry Porter wasn't sure whether or for how many minutes Dante Cunningham might be available; Cunningham missed Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets with the flu. Asked what his game plan might be, given the lack of healthy bodies on his team, Porter laughed and said, "Our game plan is always moving."
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