Hawks hold off Love, ‘Wolves

ATLANTA — Not even 43 points by forward Kevin Love was enough to finally get the Minnesota Timberwolves a victory in Atlanta.

Guard Kyle Korver, who stretched his NBA record to 115 consecutive games with a 3-pointer, had 17 points in the second half and the Hawks won for the 11th straight time over Minnesota at Philips Arena with a 121-113 victory Saturday night.

Kover, who was 3-for-5 from behind the arc, scored 24 points, and forward Paul Millsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with four minutes to play. Forward DeMarre Carroll and guard Jeff Teague each scored 19 for the Hawks.

Love, who is winless in his six-year career against Atlanta, had 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the Timberwolves couldn’t get closer than two points. The Western Division All-Star Game starter also had 19 rebounds and was 17-for-18 from the foul line.

Korver, who missed his only attempt from behind the arc in the first half, kept his streak alive with a tying 3-pointer early in the third quarter and then hit two more during a 16-2 run as the Hawks took charge.

Atlanta, down 54-48 at halftime, led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before the Timberwolves, outscored 38-21, cut it to 86-75 going into the fourth.

Minnesota’s J.J. Barea, who had seven of his 12 points early in the fourth quarter, but was ejected with 6:43 remaining after drawing his second technical foul. Kevin Martin scored 17 for the Timberwolves.

Love had his NBA-best 40th double-double in 46 games by halftime with 15 points and 12 rebound as the Timberwolves overcame an early 11-point deficit to go up by 11 after an 18-5 second-quarter run.

Atlanta jumped to a 14-3 edge behind 10 points by Millsap, but the Timberwolves took a 24-22 lead before guard Lou Williams hit Atlanta’s first 3-pointer in seven attempts for a 25-24 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Minnesota, which went to the foul line just seven times in a 94-90 home loss to Memphis on Friday, was 33-for-39, while the Hawks went 25-for-30.

Notes: The Hawks signed F Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract on Saturday to replace F James Nunnally, whose second 10-day deal with Atlanta expired on Friday. Martin, who averaged 11.3 points in six games with Chicago, averaged 6.6 points in 25 games for the Hawks, but was waived on Jan. 7 at the deadline for his season contract to be guaranteed. … Korver declined an invitation to compete in the 3-point shooting contest at the All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, citing a desire to spend time with his wife and year-old daughter. … Minnesota C Nikola Pekovic missed his third straight game with inflammation in his right ankle, a bursitis condition that is expected to keep him off the floor for at least another week. … The Hawks’ game against Detroit postponed on Wednesday because of snow in Atlanta will be made up on April 8. It gives the Hawks their 21st set of back-to-back games, but the team will have six of their nine April games at home.