NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Atlanta
(Wednesday, January 20th)
Final Score: Atlanta 108, Sacramento 97
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench to pace the Atlanta Hawks in a 108-97 victory against the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena.
Joe Johnson went for 17 points and seven assists, Josh Smith scored 16 and grabbed nine rebounds and Al Horford added 15 points for the Hawks, who were coming off a 94-91 defeat to Oklahoma City on Monday.
Atlanta improved to 3-1 on a five-game homestand that ends Friday against Charlotte. Marvin Williams came up with 13 points in the balanced win.
Tyreke Evans totaled 24 points and five assists, and Kevin Martin scored 23 with five helpers for Sacramento, which is without a win in four tries on a six-game road trip and has dropped five straight overall.
Omri Casspi posted 16 points and eight boards, and Jason Thompson chipped in 14 points in the loss, the Kings' 10th in 11 games.
The teams played to a 23-all tie in the first quarter and things remained tight in the early going of the second until the Kings surged ahead with a 17-4 run. Martin dropped a pair of baskets to spark the stretch and ended with seven points as the visitors took a 44-33 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.
But Atlanta poured in 15 of the next 19 points to even the score once again, as Johnson's three-pointer dropped for a 48-48 game with 2:12 to go until halftime. The Hawks held a 54-52 edge at the break.
"They were tough in the first half, led by their young rookie (Evans). He pretty much carried them in the first half. Give them a lot of credit. They fought hard and never gave up," said Johnson.
Atlanta opened the second half on a 10-2 run and quickly built up a 10-point lead five minutes in. The Hawks increased their advantage to 81-68 by ending the third on a 9-0 spurt.
"I'm very impressed with the Hawks. They're a tough team. They kept pressure on us for 48 minutes. I thought we had a lot of good minutes for this game but we didn't have 48 of them. They pretty much cracked us open in the third quarter," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said.
The hosts continued to hold down a double-digit lead early in the fourth, as a Martin trifecta and Casspi layup could only get the Kings' deficit down to 93-83 with 5:47 to play.
A late 7-0 burst by Sacramento cut the lead to nine, 99-90, on a bucket from Evans. But the Hawks scored the next five and cruised to the win.
The Kings will also make stops in Orlando and Miami before returning home. They are 3-17 away from ARCO Arena this season...The Hawks are 17-5 at home on the year...Atlanta defeated Sacramento, 113-105, earlier this season and has won five straight in the series...The Kings scored a staggering 66 of their 97 points in the paint...The visitors, though, got to the line half as often as Atlanta, making 12-of-15 free throws...The Hawks drained 23-of-28 from the charity stripe and shot 51.3 percent from the field...Sacramento shot 47.1 percent...Beno Udrih contributed eight points and eight assists in defeat.
01/20 22:15:20 ET