|Hawks' Marvin Williams (left) and Kings' Kevin Martin go for a first-quarter rebound. (GREGORY SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Hawks soar against Kings
ATLANTA -- Josh Childress scored a season-high 25 points and Zaza Pachulia had 23 to help the Atlanta Hawks to their biggest romp this season, 99-76, over the Sacramento Kings last night.
Atlanta extended its home winning streak to five games. Sacramento, led by Corliss Williamson's 14 points, dropped to 1-6 since ending a four-game winning streak March 6 against Indiana.
The Kings led, 13-12, on Mike Bibby's 3-pointer midway through the first quarter, but they faded quickly. Sacramento trailed by 28 late in the third quarter, failing to score a third-quarter field goal until Ronnie Price's jumper with 2:33 left.
Josh Smith, who missed a triple-double for Atlanta by a point, finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, but he had two free throws bounce off the rim in the fourth period before an offensive foul ended his night.
The Hawks were coming off two straight road losses.
Pachulia scored 14 points in the first quarter. Childress, who finished a point shy of his career high, converted a 3-point play that made it 73-44 with 5:25 left in the third period.
Brad Miller's recurring problem with plantar fascia sidelined Sacramento's center for the rest of the game after he played part of the first quarter and scored 2 points.
The Kings' other starters -- Ron Artest, Mike Bibby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Kevin Martin -- combined to go just 13 of 37 from the field for 33 points.