NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Atlanta
(Friday, January 7th)
Final Score: Sacramento 100, Atlanta 97
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter as Sacramento held off Atlanta, 100-97, at Philips Arena.
Chris Webber racked up 28 points and eight rebounds while Peja Stojakovic added 17 points to help the Kings to their fourth win in five games.
"Mike made some big plays in the fourth quarter," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman. "It's a relief to get out of here with a win. We knew (the Hawks) were going to play very hard at home."
Al Harrington netted 22 points and Antoine Walker finished with 21 along with 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost six in a row and 11 of 12. Rookie Josh Smith came through with a career-best 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and pulled down eight boards.
The teams were deadlocked at 91-91 with under five minutes to go when Sacramento reeled off six straight points to take control. Webber made two foul shots with 4:28 remaining to snap the tie, and after Doug Christie's layup extended the lead to four, Bibby sank a 20-foot jumper to put the Kings on top 97-91 with 2:20 left.
A putback by Predrag Drobnjak followed by a reverse dunk by Harrington in transition got the Hawks to within 97-95 heading into the final minute. Atlanta had a chance to move in front with 34 seconds remaining, but a three- point shot by Tyronn Lue just missed the mark.
"It just didn't fall," said Walker of Lue's shot. "They doubled teamed Al. He made the right pass. We got the shot we wanted."
Bibby then sealed the win with a short jumper with 11 seconds on the clock.
"(Sacramento) executed," Harrington said. "We got the lead to two a couple of times and were unable to capitalize. It was just their night."
Atlanta trailed 53-46 at halftime and was down by nine early in the third quarter before embarking on a 11-0 run to forge ahead. A three-point play by Drobnjak tied the game at 63-63 with 5:37 left in the period and Smith scored off an alley-oop feed from Harrington seconds later to put the hosts on top.
The Hawks were up 77-71 late in the third quarter, but Webber delivered the last six points of an 8-0 spurt in the final minute to give Sacramento a two- point edge at the conclusion of the stanza.
Bibby drained two key three-pointers early in the fourth as the Kings built a 91-86 lead with under six minutes left. After Harrington hit two free throws, Walker connected on a shot from beyond the arc to draw Atlanta even.
Both teams shot over 55 percent in a fast-paced first quarter in which the Hawks ended with a 31-28 lead. The game remained tight through most of the second period, but the Kings put up seven points in the final minute, capped by Bibby's trey just before the buzzer, to go up 53-46.
Sacramento improved to 11-2 against the Eastern Conference...The Kings have won three of their last four road games against the Hawks following a 12-game losing streak in Atlanta...Sacramento claimed guard Eddie House off waivers from Milwaukee prior to the game. House, who is Bibby's brother-in-law, replaces Bobby Jackson, who was placed on the injured list following season- ending wrist surgery.
01/07 23:44:10 ET