Hawks vs. Kings - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Sacramento Kings 112-96 on the road. This was the fourth and final game of a four-game West Coast road trip for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 4-4 on the season, took a 1-0 lead in the regular season series with the Kings, and finished the road trip 2-2. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. DeShawn Stevenson (knees) did not play, but both Al Horford and Devin Harris did play after missing the Hawks' previous game with a stomach bug. The leading scorer for the Hawks tonight was Kyle Korver, with a game-high 22 points on 5-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He also grabbed seven boards. Louis Williams added 21 points and five assists off the bench. Al Horford contributed a double-double, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Smith scored 19 points, grabbed eight boards, and dished out six assists. Jeff Teague had 15 points. The leading scorer for the Kings was Jason Thompson, with 19 points. In the first quarter, Jeff Teague scored 13 of his 15 points to give the Hawks a 34-20 lead over the Kings at the end of one in their highest-scoring quarter so far this season. In the second quarter, right after John Salmons tied the game at 56 with a three-pointer, Jeff Teague raced down for the coast-to-coast baseline pull-up buzzer-beater over DeMarcus Cousins to give the Hawks a 58-56 lead over the Kings at the half. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 9-0 run and extended their lead to 86-70 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Kings did go on an 8-2 run, but it wasn't enough for them, as the Hawks got the 16-point victory. I think the key to the Hawks' win was balanced scoring. The Hawks had five players in double-figures. This really goes to show how good the Hawks' ball movement was. Great win for the Hawks to finish up the road trip.