MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trae Young had 29 points and 11 assists, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 23 points and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-110 Monday night.
Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points off the bench for Atlanta, which was without injured wings Cam Reddish, Bogdan Bogdanovich, Solomon Hill and De’Andre Hunter.
Luwawu-Cabarrot had a career-high seven 3-pointers, shooting 7 of 14 as the Hawks set season highs with 25 makes and 49 attempts from beyond the arc. Young was 4-of-9 shooting from 3 and Gallinari finished 4 of 6.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota in his return after missing one game with a tailbone contusion. Anthony Edwards added 20 points for the Wolves, who were also short-handed without starting guards D’Angelo Russell and Patrick Beverly.
Minnesota’s improved defense has been susceptible to 3s but has benefited from opponents' poor shooting.
Atlanta came out firing from 3 and never stopped.
The Hawks, who started the day second in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 37.8%, hit eight of their first 12 from deep. Their nine 3s in the first marked their season high in any quarter.
Towns, clearly bothered by the tailbone injury, tried to keep the Timberwolves in the game.
Minnesota cut the lead to 11 three minutes into the second half, but Atlanta then scored 10 straight, including 3s from Luwawu-Cabarrot and John Collins.
Michael Beasley scored all 24 of his points in the second half for the Wolves, who closed within 10 in the fourth.
Hawks: Atlanta started the day with the fifth fewest attempts from 3 in the league, averaging 32 tries per game. Their 12 makes in the first half were a season high and their 21 made 3s were a franchise record through three quarters. ... Bogdanovich has missed four games in a row due to a right ankle sprain. Hill was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury from Sunday’s loss to Charlotte. Reddish missed his fourth straight game as he deals with a left wrist sprain. Hunter had surgery in November on his right wrist. ... The Hawks had lost three of four. ... Clint Capela added 16 rebounds.
Timberwolves: Beverly missed his sixth straight game with a left adductor strain. He was called for a technical foul while arguing a call against Leandro Bolmaro in the second quarter. Russell was out with right ankle soreness. ... Without Beverly and Russell, Bolmaro made his first career start. He had two points in 18 minutes. ... Jaden McDaniels returned to the lineup after an illness caused him to miss three games. Coach Chris Finch said McDaniels lost 10 pounds.
Hawks: Return home against Brooklyn on Friday.
Timberwolves: Host Utah on Wednesday.
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Brian Hall, The Associated Press