A slow start had the Hawks facing a double-digit deficit to the Kings. No problem. By the fourth quarter the Hawks turned the early 13-point deficit into an 18-point lead en route to a 122-108 victory over the Kings Friday night at Philips Arena. It was the 10th straight Hawks victory over the Kings, including six straight at home. The Hawks (30-23) placed six players in double-digit scoring led by Al Horford with 24 points. Jeff Teague (20), Josh Smith (18), DeShawn Stevenson (17), Devin Harris (10) and Kyle Korver (10) rounded out the top scorers. Korver ran his franchise-record streak to 47 games with a 3-pointer. Stevenson hit his season-high in points, including five 3-pointers. The Hawks had 33 assists, two off their season high. “We locked down defensively,” Smith said. “We made it tough for them to get in our paint and we limited them to one shot. We were able to get out on the break. Whenever we are running, and have fast-break opportunities, it adds to the success for us.” The Hawks will leave home on a lengthy road trip with a victory, their fourth in the past six games. They remained sixth in the Eastern Conference, a game behind the Bulls. As the game got out of hand late in the fourth quarter the Hawks emptied their bench, including the debut of Dahntay Jones, who arrived at the arena hours earlier after a trade deadline move. The Hawks are now 21-7 when scoring 100 or more points. The Kings (19-37) were led by Isaiah Thomas with a game-high 30 points, including 19 in the first half. DeMarcus Cousins added 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Kings have lost three straight and 11 of the past 14.
Hawks overcome slow start to defeat Kings
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 23