Hawks pull away late, beat Kings 122-108

Hawks pull away late, beat Kings 122-108

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ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 22: Isaiah Thomas #22 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a three-point basket over Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

ATLANTA  -- Al Horford led Atlanta's balanced scoring with 24 points and the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat the Sacramento Kings 122-108 on Friday night.

Jeff Teague had 20 points and 12 assists, Josh Smith added 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 for Atlanta, which had six players in double figures.

Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points to lead the Kings, who have lost four straight and eight of 10. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Tyreke Evans chipped in 15 points but no other Sacramento player scored in double figures.

Sacramento led by 13 in the opening period. The Kings were up 63-61 at halftime but couldn't keep pace in the second half as their road struggles continued. The Kings have lost seven straight on the road and are 5-24 away from Sacramento.

After 14 lead changes, the Hawks took the lead for good on Teague's 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Atlanta pushed its lead to double figures for the first time at 105-94 on Stevenson's fifth 3-pointer midway through the final period.

The Kings had only 10 players as they awaited the arrival of the three they acquired from Houston on Thursday: forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and point guard Toney Douglas. Sacramento gave up forwards Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt in the deal.

The Kings expect the three newcomers to join the team Saturday in New Orleans for Sacramento's next game on Sunday.

Atlanta's Dahntay Jones, acquired from Dallas for Anthony Morrow on Thursday, was in uniform and played the final 2 minutes. Center Jeremy Tyler, purchased from Golden State at the trade deadline, was with the team but was not active.

Led by Thomas, who had 12 points in the first quarter, the Kings made 10 of their first 14 shots from the field and took their biggest lead at 31-18.

Kyle Korver and Devin Harris each had 10 points for the Hawks.

Sacramento's Jason Thompson had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Smith's buzzer-beating 3 to end the first half was disallowed following a long review. Officials said the clock, which was set at 0.8 seconds, started late.

NOTES: The Kings have lost 10 straight against Atlanta since their last win in the series on Feb. 20, 2008. ... The Hawks wore red-and-black uniforms from the 1990s as they recognized their all-1990s team selected by fans. Kevin Willis, Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Smith and Dominique Wilkins were honored at halftime. Mookie Blaylock, the fifth member of the all-decade team, was not present. ... The Kings' last road win was Jan. 28 at Washington. ... Stevenson's five 3-pointers matched his season high.

 

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