Welcome back, Jannero Pargo.
The guard, signed to a 10-day contract hours before tipoff, scored 14 fourth-quarter points to lead the Hawks to a 104-96 come-from-behind victory over the Timberwolves on Martin Luther King Day Monday at Philips Arena.
Pargo hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter as the Hawks erased an 18-point first-half deficit to get the much needed victory.
"I'm very surprised," said Al Horford, who had a season-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. "Straight off the couch to be able to come here and do what he did is very impressive."
It wasn't quite straight off his couch. Pargo said he has been working out and playing pick-up games back home in Chicago while he waited for his phone to ring. It rang Sunday and he flew to Atlanta for a workout. Pargo, who played for the Hawks last season, signed Monday and hours later scored 16 points in 25 minutes.
"I take my hat off to Jannero Pargo," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "The way he came in tonight was a really gutsy performance. I know he's not in real basketball shape but he passed the test. I did not intend to play him that many minutes but he got into a groove. He got into a rhythm. That is what he is capable of doing."
The Hawks (23-18) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in the past 11 games. It was their 10th straight home victory over the Timberwolves, a team they lost to on Jan. 8 after falling behind by 17 points.
In addition to Pargo and Horford, rookie Mike Scott had career-highs with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Korver added 14 points, 11 coming in the third quarter as the Hawks began their run. Josh Smith finished with 10 points and Jeff Teague had 10 assists.
The Hawks remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, now with a one-game lead over the Bucks.
Pargo leads Hawks' comeback win over Timberwolves
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jan 22