Atlanta Hawks defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-103

On Friday night, Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis stressed the good he had seen rather than dwell on the problems that keep cropping up.

Perhaps he was trying to keep a young team focused early in a season that has begun with a brutal schedule. Maybe he truly saw his players make some strides after being knocked around in consecutive games in Florida earlier in the week. But, after the Wolves lost 113-103 to undefeated Atlanta at Target Center, Rambis practically glowed.

Once again, Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis was talking about his team's defense.

Friday's topic: the perimeter. Entering Friday, the Wolves had lost three games in a row at Memphis, Miami and Orlando in which their opponents had combined to hit 35 of 72 three-pointers (48.6 percent).

Rambis said he is still working with the players to sustain good defense. Atlanta shot 4-for-18 from long range Friday but still beat the Wolves 113-103 at Target Center.

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