The Sacramento Kings dropped their fourth straight game on Friday night, this one coming at the expense of the Atlanta Hawks who dominated the Kings at Sleep Train Arena by the score of 112-96.
Kyle Korver was a perfect five-for-five from three-point range and had a game-high 22 points for the Hawks. Lou Williams scored 21 off the bench.
Atlanta came out firing in the first half, leading by 19 at one point. But the Kings, to their credit, battled back in the second quarter. Aaron Brooks fueled the rally by knocking down back-to-back three pointers, and the Hawks led by just two at the half. The 36-point second quarter was the most points scored in a quarter by the Kings this season.
The Hawks responded with a strong third quarter, ending it on a 17-3 run to take an 86-70 to start the fourth quarter, and they would carry the lead until the end of the game.
Forward Jason Thompson led the Kings with 19 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins came back from a two-game suspension to score nine points and grab 16 boards.
The loudest cheer of the night came when Jimmer Fredette checked in to the game, which turned into boos when Fedette only played five minutes.
The Kings are clearly in a funk at the moment, and Keith Smart said before the game that he was still trying to find a working lineup.
After the game, a players-only meeting supposedly took place, as Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweets:
Kings locker room still not open. Players only meeting I suppose….so much for 10 min cooling off period
— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) November 17, 2012
Up Next: Sacramento will welcome in the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. You want to get in the door cheap? Tickets are available on StubHub for as low as $5 dollars, which really shows how the Kings’ fanbase has all but abandoned them (thanks, Maloofs).