Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/7

Game 1: Friday, January 7th
Kings100Final
Hawks97
Game 2: Tuesday, February 22nd
Hawks104Final
Kings114

Hawks 104

(10-42, 2-23 away)

Kings 114

(34-20, 20-8 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 19 28 32 25104
    SAC 33 24 29 28114

    Top Performers

    Atl: J. Smith 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Sac: C. Webber 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sacramento uses fourth-quarter rally to beat NBA's worst team

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Maybe the Sacramento Kings could have used a few more days off. After a long weekend of relaxation, they barely had enough energy to hold off the team with the NBA's worst record.

    Chris Webber scored 30 points, Mike Bibby had 23 and the Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-104 on Tuesday night for just their second victory in eight games.

    Though Sacramento was relieved when time finally ran out on a much-needed win, nobody celebrated. After a series of lackluster efforts leading up to the All-Star weekend, where no Kings were invited for the first time since 1992, they needed a fourth-quarter rally to finish off the lowly Hawks' 16th straight road loss.

    "A lot of times we're trading basket for basket," Bibby said. "It happens sometimes, but we've got to get to that point where we get some stops. ... They hit some good shots, but we're getting to that point where we want to play defensively."

    Brad Miller had 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who played without injured Peja Stojakovic. They heard scattered boos from the sellout crowd during the unimpressive final three quarters, and they'll hear plenty more when they embark on their longest road trip of the season Thursday, a difficult six-game jaunt with stops in Dallas, Washington and Miami.

    But the Kings believe their veteran poise will carry them through this tough stretch, just as they survived the Hawks' lively effort.

    "It was a test," said Cuttino Mobley, who added 20 points in the Kings' fifth straight win over Atlanta. "Those guys were energetic. We ended the first half kind of sloppy, but this is not the same team it used to be. Guys are injured, and there are new guys. We're still finding out what we can do."

    Al Harrington scored 25 points in his return to the Hawks' starting lineup after missing the previous five games with tendinitis in his right knee. Antoine Walker had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists as Atlanta began a stretch with nine of 10 games on the road.

    "We didn't want to play up-and-down with them, but after we got down 10 points early, we had to step it up," Walker said.

    Dunk contest champion Josh Smith had a career-best 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who still lost their fifth straight overall. Coach Mike Woodson called Atlanta's defense "non-existent."

    "I was kind of anxious to get back to work," Smith said. "The dunk contest was cool, but now I need to concentrate on the team and what the coach wants me to do. It's all been really tiring since the All-Star break. I didn't get much rest until I came to Sac on Monday.

    "No one wants to be labeled as the slam dunk king. I want to work on my game in the offseason and come back next year well-rounded."

    Sacramento led for the game's final 44 minutes, but Atlanta kept it close against the Kings' dismal defense. The Hawks pulled to 101-96 on Walker's 3-pointer with 5:13 to play, but Bibby answered with a 3-pointer, and Miller had a three-point play moments later.

    Stojakovic sat out for the ninth time in the Kings' last 14 games, this time with a strained right hamstring. He missed six games with back spasms starting in late January, and he sat out the Kings' final two games before the break with the flu.

    The Kings hope Stojakovic will be return during the road trip, but coach Rick Adelman doesn't expect him to play Thursday against Dallas.

    Game notes


    Woodson and assistant Larry Drew were teammates with the Kings from 1982-86 -- the franchise's final three seasons in Kansas City and the first year in Northern California. ... When Hawks reserve G Tony Delk was with the Phoenix Suns, he scored a career-best 51 points at Arco Arena on Jan. 2, 2001. ... Atlanta put 21-year veteran Kevin Willis on the injured list with a strained lower back to make room for Harrington. ... Green Bay Packers WR Javon Walker watched the game from courtside wearing a Kings jersey with his No. 84.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    SAC
    Points 104 114
    FGM-FGA 41-89 (.461) 45-87 (.517)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 12-45
    Assists 20 29
    Turnovers 18 17
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 14 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 15

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Sacramento
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 19
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1