Kings fail to defend Korver, fall to Hawks in Atlanta

Kings fail to defend Korver, fall to Hawks in Atlanta
December 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Kyle Korver missed his first 3 attempt early in the first, but then hit seven in a row before missing midway through the fourth. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Al Horford added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two straight and five of seven. Jeff Teague finished with 18 points and tied a career high with 15 assists.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points, Rudy Gay had 22 and Isaiah Thomas 20 for the Kings, who allowed a season high in points.

The Hawks outscored the Kings 39-20 in the fourth quarter of their 12th consecutive victory against Sacramento. Horford made consecutive jumpers to help Atlanta open a 117-105 lead with 2:49 left.

Korver missed his first 3 attempt early in the first, but then hit seven in a row before missing midway through the fourth. He went 8 for 10 from long range while extending his NBA record to 95 straight games with at least one 3-pointer.

There were 14 lead changes in the third quarter. Late in the period, Gay stole the ball from Teague and drove the length of the court for a reverse layup that put the Kings up 78-75, but Teague answered with a 3 on Atlanta's next possession.

Sacramento grabbed the lead for the first time early in the second quarter. Jimmer Fredette had a jumper and a 3-pointer, and Cousins' tip-in made it 33-30 with 9:38 to go.

The Hawks had a quick response. Korver made his third 3 and Mike Scott's alley-oop dunk put Atlanta ahead by six about 3 minutes later.

Gay, who was playing with right knee stiffness from Tuesday's loss at Charlotte, hit a jumper in the final minute of the second to put Sacramento up by one.

Scott hit consecutive 3s from the left corner early in the fourth, his second one making it 93-91 and giving Atlanta the lead for good.

After resting to begin the fourth, Cousins returned with 7:44 remaining, but he was nearly shut down offensively, hitting his only field-goal attempt after being very active in the paint throughout the first three quarters.

NOTES: Kings minority owner Shaquille O'Neal was at the game. ... DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points and Paul Millsap had 14 for Atlanta. ... Sacramento's previous high IN points allowed this season was 122 in a home loss to Utah last Wednesday. ... Atlanta had the game's biggest lead at 14 when Millsap hit a 3 late in the first. ... The Hawks were without F Cartier Martin (sprained left ankle) and C Gustavo Ayon (sprained left ankle, bruised left leg). ... Kings F Carl Landry missed his 14th straight game with a torn hip flexor.

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