ATLANTA (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings may be putting their road
woes behind them.
Brad Miller scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead five
Kings in double figures in Sacramento's 102-93 win over the Atlanta
Hawks on Friday night.
The Kings, who have won three in a row and four of five, also
have won two straight on the road after winning just seven of their
first 26 away from home.
"We have to take these two road wins, and take it up a notch
from here," said Bibby.
The Kings (28-30) are 9-19 on the road, but are 2-0 so far on
this five-game road trip after beating Cleveland on Thursday night.
They play at Washington on Sunday, New Jersey on Monday and
Milwaukee on Wednesday before returning home.
"I always say that on the road you want to give yourself a
chance to win in the fourth quarter," Sacramento coach Rick
The Kings did just that, outscoring the Hawks 32-24 in the final
quarter, after leading 71-69 after three.
"We've been in a lot of road games this year in the fourth
quarter, and up like five with a minute to go and lost," Miller
said. "It's fun to get that lead and get the right stops."
Atlanta, which was trying to win three in a row for only the
second time this season, got 23 points from Al Harrington,
including 19 in the second half. He also was 3-of-3 on 3-point
shots. Joe Johnson added 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 17 and
Salim Stoudamire had 14 for the Hawks.
Sacramento built a seven-point lead at 71-64 late in the third
period, but the Hawks scored five straight, including a pair of
free throws by Williams with 10 seconds left to cut the Kings lead
to two after three periods. Harrington had 10 points in the period
for Atlanta and finished with 10 rebounds.
"We came out a little flat and we shouldn't have had that type
of lapse," Harrington said. "We had a great shoot-around, so
there was no reason for us to come out and play the way we did."
The Kings broke the game open in the fourth quarter. Miller
scored eight points and Bibby five to key Sacramento's 21-9 run
that gave the Kings a 14-point to put the game away.
"We got the stops when we needed to and started making shots at
the end," said Bibby.
The Kings held a 50-47 lead at halftime, with Miller scoring 11
points. Johnson had 13 for the Hawks.
"I thought we played great basketball for 3½ quarters,"
Johnson said. "They made a run and we couldn't get back in it."
The Kings beat Atlanta 109-84 in Sacramento on Feb. 12 in
their only other meeting this season. ... Atlanta has lost six in a
row to Sacramento, including three straight at home. ... Kings G
Bonzi Wells made his first appearance since Feb. 3. He missed 11
games with a strained right groin. "I felt good out there. I was
just trying to be cautious," said Wells, who played nearly 20
minutes and scored three points. ... The Kings are 10-6 since
acquiring Artest on Jan. 25 in a trade with Indiana for Peja
Stojakovic. ... Atlanta F Josh Childress left in the fourth quarter
with a sprained left ankle and did not return. He'll be a game-time
decision Saturday night at Miami.
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