Atlanta at Sacramento

Miller helps Kings break out of five-game funk, beat Hawks

CBS wire reports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Playing a struggling team without its best player was just what the Sacramento Kings needed to halt a five-game losing streak.

Brad Miller scored a season-high 19 points and the Kings won easily for a change, humbling the Atlanta Hawks, who played without injured Joe Johnson, 117-92 on Sunday night.

The lopsided victory was a welcome respite for the Kings, who had lost three of their previous four games by three points or less, including an overtime defeat Thursday at home against Miami.

"He (Johnson) does a lot for them, but no one felt sorry for us when we were down (with injured players)," said Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who scored 11 points and was one of six Kings in double figures. "No disrespect to anyone, but it was a game we felt we were supposed to win."

It was a breakout game for Miller, who has struggled, partly due to an injured foot that caused him to miss eight straight games in November. The Kings starting center made seven of nine shots and converted five of seven free throws.

"I'm trying to be more aggressive, work my way back and play my game," Miller said. "I felt like it was a game where we needed to come out and play well, which we did."

Ahead 53-40 at the half, Sacramento had its highest scoring quarter of the season, outscoring the Hawks 39-22 in the third to take a 92-62 lead. Mike Bibby connected on a 3-pointer with a second left and had 11 points in the period.

Corliss Williamson scored a season-high 18 points and Bibby had 16 points for the Kings, who shot a season-best 57 percent and made 29 of 38 free throws. John Salmons and Kevin Martin had 14 points each.

"That's way too many points to give up to any team," Hawks guard Speedy Claxton said. "If we expect to be in games we've got to hold them to 90 points."

Salim Stoudamire scored a season-high 26 points for Atlanta, which had no starters in double figures. Solomon Jones scored 14 points and Tyrone Lue had 10 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight and three of four.

Johnson, the league's fourth leading scorer, had his NBA-leading streak of 376 straight games snapped due to a strained right calf suffered in a loss Friday night to the Lakers. Johnson had tied for the lead or led the Hawks in scoring every game this season.

Minus Johnson, the Hawks looked out of sync on offense. They had 16 first-half turnovers and finished with 26 in losing their seventh straight against the Kings.

"We didn't have Joe, but that doesn't mean anything. Joe is not super human," said Marvin Williams, who started in place of Johnson. "Some days he's not going to be out there and we have to find a way to play when he's not.


  • The Kings made 12 of 17 free throws in the second quarter when they outscored Atlanta 31-20.
  • Atlanta has surpassed 100 points in only one of its last 12 games.
  • Kings starting forward Kenny Thomas was sick and missed his first game of the season.
  • Atlanta coach Mike Woodson and assistant Larry Drew were players on the first Sacramento team in 1985-86 when the franchise moved from Kansas City.
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Jason Hart supplies seven points off the bench as the Kings snap a five-game losing streak.  (AP)
Jason Hart supplies seven points off the bench as the Kings snap a five-game losing streak. (AP)
Atlanta (8-11) 2020223092
Sacramento (9-10) «22313925117
ATL:S. Stoudamire 26 Pts
ATL:J. Smith 9 Reb
ATL:S. Claxton 3 Ast
SAC:B. Miller 19 Pts
SAC:R. Artest 8 Reb
SAC:J. Salmons 5 Ast
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