The Atlanta Hawks played host to the Sacramento Kings and in typical Kings' fashion the Highlight Factory guests were allowed to leave with a lost. Sacramento has lost four straight games, their last seven on the road and dropped eight of their last 10. They have not defeated the Atlanta Hawks since February 20, 2008.
Atlanta was down big (as many as 13 points) in the opening period, but the Hawks worked their way back to cut the deficit to two points (63-61) at the half. The third quarter would see the Hawks score 32 points, taking the lead into the final quarter. Josh Smith took on the task of guarding DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter, only allowing him to four points and helping the Hawks get the 122-108 win.
For the Sacramento Kings, young point guard Isaiah Thomas led the way with 30 points and nine assists. DeMarcus Cousins hit 26 points and 13 rebounds while Tyreke Evans made 15 points and eight rebounds. Power forward Jason Thompson added nine points and 10 boards.
Al Horford led all Hawks in scoring with 24 points, he also had eight rebounds and six assists. Point guard Jeff Teague scored 20 points with 12 assists and Josh Smith chipped in with 18 points and six rebounds. DeShawn Stevenson went 5-6 from three point land on his way to 17 points. Kyle Korver and Devin Harris both came off of the bench to score 10 points.
Next, the Hawks go to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks while Sacramento moves on to New Orleans to take on the Hornets.
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