Four Minnesota Timberwolves starters scored in double figures Tuesday night (Jan. 8), but it was the fifth starter, Dante Cunningham, who made the critical plays that helped his team beat the Atlanta Hawks for the first time since 2006, 108-103, in Target Center.

Cunningham nailed a 20-foot jumper to give the Wolves, who had lost 11 straight games to Atlanta, a three-point lead with 15.9 seconds to play, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass to kill the Hawks’ hopes of a rally.

Nikola Pekovic scored 25 points and added a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Wolves who improved to 8-0 when scoring 100 points or more this year, while Andrei Kirilenko added 21 points, six rebounds, and the 2,000th assist of his career.

Josh Smith and Lou Williams led Atlanta, which fell behind by 17 in the first half and never quite caught up, with 21 points apiece, while Al Horford added 19 points.

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