THE Atlanta Hawks went on a late push to pull away against the Sacramento Kings, 106-95, on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
The Hawks showcased their balanced scoring and had all players who stepped on the floor score at least four points, with all starters finishing in double digits.
Dwight Howard continued his fine play for Atlanta as he led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Dennis Schroder and Kyle Korver each had 17 markers, while Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore added 13 and 11, respectively.
Atlanta cruised to a 53-44 lead at the half. But the Kings, led by DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes, came out of the break on fire as they dropped 37 in the third to take an 81-79 lead into the fourth period.
But the Hawks went on an 11-2 run to start the fourth to retake the lead, 90-83. Rudy Gay and Barnes countered with five straight points to keep the Kings close, 90-88, before Schroder and Korver went on an 8-0 run to keep the Hawks some breathing room with four minutes left, 98-88.Then Atlanta never looked back with steady plays from Millsap, Schroder and Howard.
Gay led the Kings with 22 points while Cousins and Barnes had 14 apiece in a losing effort.