FINAL SCORE: Atlanta Hawks 105, Sacramento Kings 100
Out on the West Coast, the Atlanta Hawks vs. Sacramento Kings match-up came down to the wire as the Kings attempted a fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short. The Kings’ starting lineup struggled throughout the game while their bench flourished, while it was the complete opposite for the Hawks as their starters dominated while their bench dragged behind.
NOTES FOR ATLANTA
Starting Lineup: PG Jeff Teague, SG Kyle Korver, SF DeMarre Carroll, PF Paul Millsap, C Al Horford
The Atlanta Hawks frontcourt absolutely dominated the Kings. Paul Millsap scored an impressive 25 points in the game, shooting 9-15 from the field including 2-3 from beyond the arch. Millsap recorded a double-double in the game, hauling in 11 boards in addition to his 25 points. He dished out 4 assists, snagged 4 steals, and sent back one shot for a block all the while turning the ball over only twice and not committing a single foul in the entire game. Joining Millsap in the paint was center Al Horford who edged Millsap in scoring with 27 points, but snagged one less board with 10 off the glass. Horford has recorded a double-double in three of the team’s four games this season and is currently averaging 18.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg, and 2.0 bpg. Small forward DeMarre Carroll shot a very low percentage in the game and failed to put up any significant numbers in any stat category.
Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver manned the starting backcourt for the Hawks on Tuesday night. Teague scored 18 points on 50% shooting from the field and added 10 assists to his stat line. Similar to Horford, Teague has recorded a double-double in three of the team’s four regular season games thus far. Coming off a super-human shooting show, Kyle Korver shot a low quantity of shots in his 32 minutes on the court. He only recored 9 points on 2-4 shooting and did not contribute significantly in any other stat category.
The Hawks bench did not do anything truly significant in the game. Cartier Martin scored 9 points on 2-7 shooting and hauled down 3 boards, the most in either category amongst all of the bench. Coach Budenholzer elected not to play Jared Cunningham, Mike Scott, Shelvin Mack, and John Jenkins in the game. Dennis Schroeder did quite well off the bench despite limited minutes, scoring 6 points and dishing 7 assists.
NOTES FOR SACRAMENTO
The Sacramento Kings’ starting lineup struggled throughout the game against Atlanta. The team as a whole shot a low percentage. In the frontcourt, star center DeMarcus Cousins scored 11 points on under fifty percent free throw shooting. Typically, Cousins can make up for poor shooting performances with his consistent effort on the boards, however he only managed six in the game. In addition to poor shooting and poor work on the glass, Cousins nearly fouled out with five personal fouls. Joining Cousins down low was Patrick Patterson who scored 7 points on 50% field-goal shooting. Patterson hauled in 9 rebounds in the game while committing 4 personal fouls. Swingman John Salmons scored 13 points on 5-11 shooting from the field while hauling down 4 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists.
Marcus Thornton joined Greivis Vasquez to form the Kings’ starting backcourt versus the Hawks. Thornton scored 15 points on 50% field-goal shooting and snagged 3 steals in the game. He failed to record any rebounds and tallied only one assist in his 25 minutes on the court. Vasquez scored 9 points on very limited shooting. Vasquez shot 2-5 from the field and dished out 4 assists, however turned the ball over 4 times as well.
Although Thornton and Vasquez were on the court to start the game, they played for less combined minutes than their back-ups. Back-up point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points in the game on 8-17 shooting from the field. Although Vasquez started at the point, he only logged 20 minutes to Thomas’ 28 minutes. Thomas added 5 assists to his stat line while turning the ball over 4 times. Back-up shooting guard Ben McLemore logged 23 minutes in the game, scoring 15 points and hauling in 6 rebounds. Jason Thompson and Travis Outlaw both came off the bench with limited scoring production, however took the majority of the load when it came to rebounds. The two combined for 10 rebounds in their combined 37 minutes.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Paul Millsap – 34 MIN, 25 PTS, 9-15 FGM-A, 11 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 1 BLK, 0 PF