Hawks vs. Kings - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Sacramento Kings 122-108 at home at Philips Arena. This was the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. This was also the second and final of two meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the win, the Hawks improved to 30-23 on the season and swept the regular season series with the Kings 2-0. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward spots, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and newly-acquired Jeremy Tyler did not dress. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with 24 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. Jeff Teague added a double-double, with 20 points and 12 dimes. Josh Smith contributed 18 points and six boards. DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 17 points. Kyle Korver and Devin Harris chipped in with 10 points apiece off the bench. The leading scorer for the Kings was Isaiah Thomas, with a game-high 30 points. In the first quarter, the Kings went on a 15-4 run, and they led 33-25 at the end of one. In the second quarter, the Hawks scored 36 points, but they allowed 30 points from Sacramento, and they still trailed by two at the break. In the third quarter, Coach Larry Drew opted to go small, and although DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 third-quarter points, it worked in the Hawks' favor, as they went on a 10-3 run to retake the lead, 93-88, heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the Kings 29-20, and as they extended their lead to it's largest of the game, at 18, Dahntay Jones made his Hawks debut, and the Hawks won by 14. I think the key to the win for the Hawks was taking care of the basketball. The Hawks only turned the ball over six times (compared to forcing 15 Kings turnovers), and as I predicted in the preview, the Hawks got the W in their final home game before embarking on a six-game road trip.