Childress and Hawks cruise past Kings
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Josh Childress scored a season-high 25 points
and Zaza Pachulia made a career-high 11 field goals on just 12 attempts for 23
points as the Atlanta Hawks pounded the Sacramento Kings, 99-76.
Salim Stoudamire added 13 for the Hawks, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Marvin Williams donated 13 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Smith finished with
nine points, 12 boards and a career-high 10 assists for Atlanta, which has won
five home games in a row.
Atlanta is now 4 1/2 games out of the last spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It was a great effort, said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson. “It was a great game
to come back against a good team that is teetering for a playoff spot as well.
Sacramento is playing for something. I thought from beginning to end we were
so focused. Our defense was as good as it’s been all year across the board.
This team can score points and we did a good job across the board
Corliss Willamson deposited 14 points, Kevin Martin added 13 and Ron Artest 12
for the Kings, who have lost six of their last seven games.
Sacramento sits 2 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western
Atlanta put the game away with a 20-2 run in the third quarter which put the
Hawks ahead 73-44 with just under 5 1/2 minutes left. The Kings did not score
a single third quarter field goal until Ronnie Price hit a jumper with 2:33
Sacramento scored their season low in a quarter with eight in the third period
and trailed 78-50 heading into the final quarter.
The Hawks held the Kings at arms length in the fourth quarter.
“This was an old-fashioned butt-kicking,” said Kings forward Shareef Abdur-
Rahim. “There’s nothing you can say about this game other than that there are
no realistic excuses about tonight’s game. We just didn’t play well.”
Sacramento shot just 37.8 percent and were 3-of-20 from three-point range
while Sacramento shot 48.3 percent from the field.
The Hawks, who held a 31-21 lead after the first 12 minutes, went on a 12-2
run stretching from the end of the first quarter into the beginning of the
second and led 35-21 early in the second.
The Hawks led 53-42 at the intermission.
Brad Miller played just 12 minutes due to his recurring problem with plantar
fascia in his left foot…Atlanta snapped a seven game losing streak to
Sacramento…The Kings committed 18 turnovers…Atlanta outrebounded