The Atlanta Hawks wrapped up a four-game west coast road trip Friday night with a 112-96 win over the Sacramento Kings. The Hawks jumped out of the gates quickly and led 34-20 at the end of the first quarter. Atlanta eventually stretched the lead out to 18 points before things started to go sideways. A hot streak for the Kings led them to a 36-24 second quarter advantage and only a Jeff Teague buzzer kept the Hawks in front at the intermission.
Atlanta took back control in the third quarter outscoring Sacramento 28-14 behind the strong shooting of Kyle Korver and Al Horford. The Hawks held serve in the fourth and eventually were able to empty the bench and cruise home to victory.
Five different players scored at least 15 points for Atlanta led by Korver's 22. After a slow start to the season, Korver found his stroke on the road trip and hit all five of his three-point attempts against Sacramento. Lou Williams added 21 points and five assists off the bench while Al Horford logged a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Smith looked more like the Josh Smith of last season finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Jeff Teague scored all of his 15 points in the first half on 7-10 shooting.
Jason Thompson led the Kings with 19 points and 10 boards. Marcus Thornton finished with 17 points while Tyreke Evans added 14. Aaron Brooks helped spark Sacramento's second quarter run and finished with 13 points off the bench.
Atlanta hit a sizzling 55 percent of its shots while also handing out 24 assists. The Hawks were 8-15 from three-point range and were able to hold their own on the boards against the Kings' front line coming away with a 42-37 advantage.
Atlanta finishes with a 2-2 record on the road trip and sits at 4-4 for the season. They will enjoy the weekend off before getting back in action on Monday against the Orlando Magic.