Smith, Hawks top Timberwolves

ATLANTA -- With some of his teammates struggling, Josh Smith made sure it didn't cost the Atlanta Hawks a game.

''I felt like my team needed energy,'' he said, ''so I was trying to score in a lot of different ways.''

Smith had a season-high 27 points, Joe Johnson added 21 and the Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-92 on Wednesday night.

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.

Atlanta, however, endured Jamal Crawford's worst shooting performance in 55 games. The valuable sixth man, whose 17.2 scoring average is the Hawks' second-best, missed all seven of his field-goal attempts, including four 3-pointers, and finished with one point.

Starting forward Marvin Williams, who has a 10.1 average, was 0 for 4 from the field, so Atlanta coach Mike Woodson gave Smith more responsibility.