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Hawks top Kings thanks to a huge 4th quarter performance

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So much for that Sacramento/Toronto trade helping out the Kings as Atlanta was able to nearly double up on Sacramento in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 39-20 en route to a 124-107 victory.

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Six Hawks, including all five starters, scored in double figures. It was a great team shooting performance as Atlanta finished the game making 58 percent of their field goal attempts including 60 percent from beyond the three-point line. One main reason Atlanta shot so well was that very few shots were forced. Of the 47 total made field goals, 38 of them came off of assists.

The game was actually a back and forth effort through the first three quarters. Atlanta jumped out to a 26-12 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, but Sacramento finished the quarter strong, capping off a 12-2 run to end the quarter down by just two points.

At halftime the Hawks trailed the Kings 54-53 and after three quarters, Sacramento was up by two points 87-85. Then came the fourth quarter and the Hawks, especially Korver, took over the game.

Korver connected on four of his five field goal attempts including three from beyond the arc for 14 of his 28 total points. Kyle led the team with 28 points, including tying a career-high eight made three-point field goals (in 10 attempts). He finished the night 10 of 15 from the field in 36 minutes of playing time.

Both Al Horford and Jeff Teague finished with double-doubles. Horford had 25 points and 10 rebounds. As impressive as that was, Teague was probably the MVP of the team that night as he was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double. He finished with 18 points and an amazing 15 assists.

Now with home court victories over both Los Angeles teams and Sacramento, Atlanta will host Golden State January 3 and try to sweep all four California teams at home. But before the California sweep attempt, Atlanta hosts the Utah Jazz Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm EST.

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