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Kings Lose Shootout With Atlanta 124 to 107

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After leading heading into the 4th quarter, the Kings get outscored 39 to 20 in the 4th quarter.

Kevin C. Cox


Final - 12.18.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 26 28 33 20 107
Atlanta Hawks 28 25 32 39 124

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The Sacramento Kings lost for the second time of the season to Atlanta as the Hawks shot an astounding 58% from the field and 15-25 from downtown.  Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks with 28 points, including 8-10 from downtown.  Atlanta as a team had an astounding 38 assists on 47 made field goals.

The Kings were in it for most of the game, even leading going into the 4th quarter.  However the Hawks came out on fire and stayed that way throughout, scoring 39 points to Sacramento's 20.  Al Horford, who scored 25 points on 12-19 shooting, seemingly could not miss from 18 feet.

Sacramento got good performances from their big three of Thomas, Gay and Cousins.  Thomas had a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists, but struggled early defending against Jeff Teague's dribble penetration.  Teague finished with 18 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds for a near triple-double.

Gay bounced back from a rough game against the Bobcats to score 22 points on 8-13 shooting.  He also had 3 assists and 3 steals.  DeMarcus Cousins started off the game slow, but roared back to score 28 points on 10-20 shooting, to go with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  He had several gorgeous passes out of double teams that led to easy buckets.

One real big bright spot for Sacramento was a bit of a breakout performance for Kings rookie Ben McLemore.  McLemore had been shooting 6-35 for his last five games and tonight shot 5-6 for 10 points.  He looked much more patient and did a good job of using screens and moving off the ball.

Sacramento gets a day's rest tomorrow before finishing up their road trip in Florida with another back-to-back against the Heat and Magic.

We will have a full recap of the game tomorrow. For the Hawks perspective, visit Peachtree Hoops.