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Hawks vs Kings final score: Atlanta rockets to 130-105 win over Sacramento

The Atlanta Hawks exploded for a season-best offensive half and never looked back on the way to a 130-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

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There is offense, and there is offense. The Atlanta Hawks were utterly dominant on that end of the floor on Monday evening, and they were able to ride that success to a breezy 130-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

There are more elegant ways to describe the first half, but in short, it was beautiful to watch. Kyle Korver began the night by snapping out of his "slump" in a big way, knocking down three triples during an 11-2 run that provided a 9-point early lead for the Hawks. The Kings would respond by tightening things a bit, but Atlanta closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run, and DeMarre Carroll (!) was the breakout offensive star with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

The offense wasn't done, however, and in fact, things were just getting started. The Hawks built the lead to 19 points near the halfway point of the second quarter, and the afterburners kicked in as Atlanta stretched that advantage to 22 points by the halftime break.

On the strength of a blistering 63% from both the field and beyond the arc, the Hawks scored a season-high 76 points in the half, including an absurd 43-point output in the second quarter. DeMarre Carroll continued his hot pace with 20 first half points, and he was flanked by Jeff Teague (11 points, 8 assists), Dennis Schröder (8 points, 7 assists) and others. The first 24 minutes were the epitome of the Mike Budenholzer offense firing on all cylinders (25 assists on 30 field goals), and it gave the Hawks sizable edge despite a relatively lackluster defensive showing.

Post-halftime, the fireworks slowed a bit, but not enough to form any real fear for the home team. The Hawks reached the 100-point mark with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, and at that point in the night, the team had made 16 of their 26 three-point attempts with a dazzling 33 assists.

From there, it was simply a glide to the finish line. The Kings closed within 18 points with just over eight minutes to play, but that was as close as Sacramento would come to a comeback. Atlanta set season-highs in points (130), assists (42, which is also an NBA-best for the year) and three-point field goals (20) on the way to the 25-point win, and from an aesthetic standpoint, it was one of the more pleasing victories of the season.

The individual accolades were many, ranging from a long-distance explosion from Kyle Korver (20 points, 6 for 8 from three) to all-around showings from DeMarre Carroll (20 points, 5 rebounds), Jeff Teague (18 points, 13 assists) and Al Horford (18 points, 3 blocks). All in all, the Hawks placed six players in double-figures while shooting 60% from the field and 56% from deep, and those numbers may even undersell the dominance of the offense on this particular evening.

The Atlanta Hawks take to the road for a six-game trip beginning on Wednesday, but an evening like this will hopefully serve as a strong springboard toward a positive journey.