NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Sacramento
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Atlanta 105, Sacramento 100
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby poured in 29 points against his former team, including a 4-for-7 performance from behind the arc, to lead Atlanta in a 105-100 victory over the Kings.
The Hawks had lost eight consecutive times in Sacramento since posting a 100-94 win on February 23, 2000.
Joe Johnson added 20 points and six assists for the Hawks, who have won three of four overall. Al Horford chipped in 18 points and 18 boards in the win while Josh Smith notched 12 points.
"We tend to make games that we should win going away tough," said Johnson. "We're supposed to be better than that. We're trying to be one of the top teams in the East and we have to get better as the season goes along."
Kevin Martin donated 32 points and 11 boards for the Kings, who have lost six straight and 14 of 15 overall. Beno Udrih ended with 18 points, and Spencer Hawes scored 10 with 14 rebounds before fouling out. Francisco Garcia had 15 points in the setback.
Prior to the game, Sacramento acquired forwards Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin, and center Drew Gooden from Chicago in exchange for center Brad Miller and forward John Salmons. The Kings also acquired forward Ike Diogu from Portland in exchange for Ruffin and waived guards Quincy Douby and Sam Cassell.
Down by four late in the game, Udrih was fouled driving the lane and hit both shots to make it 100-98 with 1:35 left.
On Atlanta's ensuing possession, Johnson missed a long-range jumper which led to Bobby Jackson getting fouled and hitting both shots to tie it up with 57.2 ticks left.
Johnson then offered a layup with 41.1 seconds showing to give Atlanta a two- point lead.
Udrih was stripped by Bibby on Sacramento's next play and Johnson drew the foul, hitting 1-of-2 to make it 103-100 with 18.2 seconds remaining.
Jackson then missed the potential game-tying three-pointer from the left elbow to all but seal the outcome.
"We can't turn the ball over at the end of the game and have defensive lapses like we did at the end of the game," said Jackson. "It's been happening all year."
The Hawks jumped out to a 30-27 lead after the first quarter, but the Kings grabbed a 59-55 lead heading into the intermission.
The score remained close throughout the third period before Bibby hit a jumper and Zaza Pachulia went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to give the visitors an 83-77 lead heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Martin's three-pointer and Udrih's three-point play knotted things up at 83 with 10:13 left in the game.
Horford then hit a pair of free throws to make it a 95-91 affair with 4:07 left to play.
Moments later, Garcia hit a stepback jumper to make it 98-96 with 3:12 showing on the clock.
Sacramento owns the worst overall record in the NBA this season at 11-44. Since December 16, the Kings have won only four times over the course of 30 games...Wednesday's loss continued a six-game road trip for the Hawks that began with a four-point victory at Detroit on February 11. Atlanta, which will also visit Portland, Utah and Denver on the swing, owns a 13-16 road record for the season...The Kings are just 8-18 at ARCO Arena so far this season...Sacramento had taken eight of the last 10 matchups between these teams. The Hawks have lost eight consecutive times in Sacramento since posting a 100-94 win on February 23, 2000.
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