Artest leads Kings over Hawks
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ron Artest and Kevin Martin each poured in
20 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Sacramento Kings
routed the Atlanta Hawks, 109-84, at Arco Arena.
Artest added six assists and six steals and Kenny Thomas had 17 points and
10 rebounds for the Kings, who have won four of their last five attempts.
Brad Miller scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards and Mike Bibby
contributed 13 points and four assists in the win.
Joe Johnson and Josh Childress netted 13 apiece and Salim Stoudamire scored
12 for the Hawks, who have lost two in a row and three of their last four
Sacramento led 18-11 on Martin’s free throws, but the Hawks went on a 10-4
run, capped by Marvin Williams’ dunk, to cut the deficit to 22-21. The Kings
held a 25-23 advantage after the opening frame.
The Kings opened the second quarter with an 11-2 spurt, including seven
points from Artest, to extend the lead 36-25. Atlanta countered with an 11-5
run, highlighted by Johnson’s three-pointer, which brought the Hawks within
five, 41-36. Sacramento led 48-40 heading into the locker room.
Josh Smith’s jumper narrowed the gap to 54-46, however, the Kings blew the
game wide open with a 20-5 run, which began with Martin’s three-point play.
Miller and Artest also converted three-point plays and Miller’s jump shot
with 2:24 remaining ended the streak to give Sacramento a commanding 74-51
The Hawks trailed 78-58 heading into the fourth quarter.
Stoudamire’s jumper narrowed the deficit to 80-65 but the Kings built their
lead to 89-67 with a 9-2 spurt, including a pair of baskets from Shareef
Abdur-Rahim. With the game already out of reach Sacramento closed the
contest with a 13-6 streak.
Sacramento shot 52 percent from the field, while Atlanta shot 39 percent
from the floor…The Kings held a 46-35 rebounding edge…Sacramento has won
five straight and nine of the last 10 meetings…Atlanta has lost six
consecutive contests at Arco Arena…The Kings are 17-11 at home and the Hawks
are 4-20 as the visitor…Abdur-Rahim added 10 points and eight
boards…Francisco Garcia had 10 points and seven rebounds.Williams scored 10
points…Smith had 10 points.