Hawks continue their dominance over the Kings
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Horford scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, including five in the last 1:04 as the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 105-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
The Hawks nearly coughed up a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter but Horford and Paul Millsap helped them avoid a collapse after Sacramento, sparked by Isaiah Thomas, got within a point.
Atlanta extended its winning streak over the Kings to 11 straight games since Sacramento's last win in the series on Feb. 20, 2008.
"It got a little closer than we would have liked, but that's the NBA," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Horford collected 10 boards for the Hawks, who snapped a six-game road losing streak dating back to last season and including their playoff series against Indiana.
It was Atlanta's fifth win in their last 19 games away from home, including the postseason. Jeff Teague had 18 points and 10 assists in the win.
Thomas had 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who have lost three in a row since opening the season with a win over Denver. Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore added 15 points apiece in the loss.
Sacramento started and finished strong, leading 32-25 after the first quarter and outscoring Atlanta 35-23 in the fourth. In between, the Kings gave up 57 points and scored just 33.
11/06 00:51:40 ET