Miller, Kings roll past Hawks
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Brad Miller had 24 points and 10 rebounds as
the Sacramento Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks, 102-93, at Philips Arena.
Kevin Martin contributed 19 points and nine boards and Mike Bibby and Ron
Artest each scored 18 points for the Kings, who have won three in a row and
four of their last five games. Bibby also dished out eight assists.
“Tonight was a really big game for us after winning in Cleveland,” said
Sacramento coach Rick Adelman. “We have not had very much success on the
road. We’ve been in every game but we haven’t won. Now we’ve won two and
we’re hoping to keep it going on the five game trip.”
Al Harrington chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Johnson netted 19
for the Hawks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Marvin Williams
added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
The Kings led 65-58 on Kenny Thomas’ free throw, but Atlanta scored 11 of the
final 17 points in the period, highlighted by Harrington’s three-point play,
to cut the deficit to 71-69 heading into the final frame.
Miller’s three-point play began a 21-9 streak which extended the lead to
92-78. Martin’s trey made the score 83-75 and Bibby’s jumper, moments later,
capped the run.
The Hawks responded with a 13-6 rally, including a pair of threes from
Harrington, to narrow the gap to 98-91 with 1:15 to play. However, Bibby hit a
jumper from just inside the arc on the other end with under a minute
remaining to seal the win.
Josh Smith’s jumper gave the Hawks a 15-8 lead, but the Kings came back with a
15-5 run, capped by Artest’s layup, to put Sacramento in front 23-20. Miller’s
three-pointer with two seconds on the clock gave the Kings a 26-24 lead after
12 minutes of play.
Atlanta opened the second quarter with a 11-5 spurt, including five points
from Salim Stoudamire, to give the Hawks a 35-31 edge.
Bibby’s running layup put the Kings ahead 50-47 at the half.
Bonzi Wells had missed 30 of the last 32 games and had not played since
February 3 against the Utah Jazz. He finished with three points in 19 1/2
minutes…Sacramento has won six straight and 10 of the 11 meetings…The
Kings have won three in a row and four of the last five in Atlanta…The Hawks
are 1-8 against the Pacific Division…Atlanta’s Josh Childress left the game
in the third quarter with a sprained ankle…Sacramento is 2-0 on a five-game
road trip and plays at Washington on Sunday.