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Hawks Defend Nest, Bounce Kings


Al Horford serves a rejection notice to Jimmer Fredette

Atlanta outscored Sacramento 39-20 in the final period to defeat the Kings 124-107 and run their home streak to 5-0 in the month of December.

All five Hawks starters scored in double figures led by Kyle Korver’s 28 points. Korver was lights out from behind the arc knocking down 8-10. "We broke down completely defensively tonight,” said Kings center Demarcus Cousins. “I think Kyle Korver shot 8-for-10 from the land of three, and he's known as a shooter but we didn't defend him."

After falling behind 26-12 in the first, Sacramento’s Cousins and point guard Isiah Thomas ignited a 14-2 run to close out the quarter. Thomas and Cousins finished the night with 20 and 28 points respectively.

The Hawks led for most of the second until the Kings mounted a 14-6 run late in the period. Four different Kings’ players scored during the run. Newly acquired forward Rudy Gay scored 6 of his 22 points in the quarter.

The action was back and forth after the break. There were 14 lead changes with both teams shooting over 55-percent from the field. Cousins led all scorers in the period with 11 points while Hawks forward Demarre Carroll chipped in 9 of his 15 to keep the Hawks close.

Center Al Horford took over in the fourth scoring the first and last baskets of the quarter. Twelve of Horfords 25 points helped the Hawks run away from the Kings.

"I don't know where to begin,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “I guess I'm not doing a good enough job to give our players a game plan that they can execute, and I'm not doing a good enough job explaining who the players are on their team who can make shots. We're one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, and we come on the road and give up 39 points in the fourth quarter and let them shoot 58 percent."



Kings 107 vs Hawks 124
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Photos by Jake McDonald



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