The Sacramento Kings held a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter Wednesday night in Atlanta before the Hawks exploded for 39 points in the final 12 minutes to win going away, 124-107, at Philips Arena.
Kyle Korver and Al Horford combined for 23 points in the fateful period, outscoring the Kings by themselves as Atlanta shot 14-for-20 in the quarter. Korver tied a career-high with eight 3-pointers as the Hawks were 15-of-25 overall from long range.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 28 points and seven rebounds while also throwing in six assists and Rudy Gay bounced back from a bad night in Charlotte with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with three steals. Isaiah Thomas had a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Derrick Williams scored 12 points off the bench for Sacramento and Ben McLemore snapped out of his recent slump by scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Jason Thompson also had seven rebounds for Sacramento.
The Kings led 87-85 after Williams buried a 3-pointer with 20.8 second left in the third quarter, but lost the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Atlanta’s Mike Scott less than two minutes into the fourth period.
Atlanta went up by 10 on a pair of free throws by Jeff Teague with 3:53 left and then closed the game on an 11-4 run.
Horford finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, Teague added 18 points amd mayched a career high with 15 assists and DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points for Atlanta. Paul Millsap had 14 points and Scott had 10.
This game looked like it was going so well. And it was, for 36 minutes, but then the Hawks found a different gear and the Kings, playing the second night of a back-to-back, ran out of gas.
The Kings fell to 7-17 and are 0-2 on their four-game East Coast swing. Sacramento returns to action Friday night when they visit the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Pacific.