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Horford, Pargo help Hawks rally past Minnesota

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jannero Pargo hopes he'll be spending the rest of the season with the Atlanta Hawks.

Maybe after his 10-day contract expires, Pargo will get his wish.

"I would rather have been here from the beginning of the year, but I love this team," he said. "It's a great team, a great group of guys. It's like I never left."

Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points, Pargo had 16 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game slide with a 104-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and Jose Barea had 14 for Minnesota, which lost for the sixth time in seven games after blowing an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

Injuries at guard forced the Hawks to sign Pargo to a 10-day contract earlier Monday, and he did not disappoint.

The 33-year-old, nine-year NBA journeyman hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 5:26 remaining to give the Hawks their first lead since the 9:40 mark of the first quarter.

Pargo, who worked out for the Hawks on Sunday, has been playing pickup games in his adopted hometown of Chicago to stay in shape and hopefully get another chance in the NBA. He played his last game on Nov. 14 during a 10-game contract Washington.

Pargo credited Kyle Korver's 11 points in the third quarter with helping him feel comfortable to take open shots in the fourth. He was 5 for 7 from the field in the final period and hit four 3s.

"I think Kyle did a great job of being aggressive and knocking down shots," Pargo said. "That definitely made it a lot easier for myself and lot of other guys to take those shots with confidence."

Horford pulled down 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague handed out 10 assists with nine points to help the Hawks win for the third time in 11 games.

Atlanta's depth problems at guard are substantial with Lou Williams sidelined for the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament, Devin Harris nursing a sprained left ankle and DeShawn Stevenson and Anthony Morrow held out again on Monday.

Pargo, who played 50 games for Atlanta last season and seven with the Wizards this season, won on the floor 25 minutes as rookie John Jenkins failed to score after making his first career start.

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