Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Kings - January 20, 2010

Atlanta 108, Sacramento 97 | January 20, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Hawks knocked off Sacramento 108-97 at Philips Arena on Wednesday, reaching the season's halfway point with a 27-14 record (1st place in the Southeast Division).
  • Jamal Crawford led the way with 20 points off the bench...Joe Johnson tallied 17 points and 7 assists and Josh Smith had 16 and 9 rebounds...Al Horford added 15 points and Marvin Williams 13.
  • The Kings jumped out to an early 10-point lead but the Hawks ended to the 1st quarter on a 16-6 run to knot the game at 23...Sacramento went back up 11 in the 2nd quarter but Atlanta rallied again for a 54-52 lead at the break (thanks to a 21-6 burst).
  • The Hawks turned up the defensive pressure in the 2nd half while continuing to shoot well, leading by as many as 17 points and cruising to the victory.
  • Tyreke Evans led all scorers with 24 and Kevin Martin had 23 for the Kings.
  • Crawford notched his 3rd 4-point play of the season and 22nd of his career...He now trails all-time leader Reggie Miller by 2.
  • Atlanta finished the night shooting 51.3% from the field and hit 23-28 FTs...Sacramento shot 47.1% from the floor and made 12-15 from the charity stripe.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Friday at Philips Arena (7:30 pm) vs. Charlotte (SPSO HD and 790 The Zone).

Al Horford



Honorable Mentions:
Josh Smith- 16 pts, 9 reb, 2 blk

- The Hawks used a balanced attack to fend off a young Sacramento team hungry for a win.

- "The Wingmen" came up huge in the third quarter. After the Hawks led by as many as 12 Sacramento had cut the lead back to four points with 2:26 remaining. Mo Evans hit a 3-pointer and then threw down a thunderous dunk in transition, and Jamal Crawford showed off his playmaking ability with a pair of assists to Big Z. Add in tenacious defense from Super Mario and you get a 9-0 run to end the half and a completely different game heading into the final 12 minutes.

- Josh Smith had two more blocks in the game, bringing his career total to 987. He now is just 13 shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1000 career blocks. FULL STORY