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Sacramento at Atlanta

Bibby lights up former team as Hawks win in his home debut

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ATLANTA -- Like any good point guard, Mike Bibby wants to involve as many of his teammates as possible.

"You can't do anything by yourself," he said. "I tell the guys, 'Whenever I drive to the basket, circle in, because I'm looking to pass it. Be aggressive.' I'm going to try to get the ball where they need it."

Bibby had 24 points and 12 assists in his home debut for Atlanta on Wednesday night, leading the Hawks to a 123-117 win over his former team, the Sacramento Kings.

Joe Johnson had 26 points to lead the Hawks, who had dropped two straight and eight of nine. Though Atlanta began the game in the ninth place and game out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, Johnson believes Bibby can only make the Hawks better.

"We haven't really had practices now with Mike, so it's kind of been tough really to pick his spots," Johnson said. "We're just kind of learning on the fly, but it just felt so good."

Josh Childress had 22 of his 25 points in the second half, hitting all nine of his free throw attempts. Al Horford finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Beno Udrih and Brad Miller each scored 25 points to lead the Kings, who have lost three straight and fell to 7-22 on the road.

"We allowed a team averaging 90 points to score 123," Sacramento coach Reggie Theus said. "We gave up 40 points in the first quarter and 34 in the third. We have to rededicate ourselves to defense."

The Hawks acquired Bibby in a trade Feb. 16 that sent Shelden Williams, a former fifth overall pick, along with three other players and a second-round draft choice to Sacramento.

Bibby, who spent seven seasons with the Kings, missed the first 36 games after tearing a ligament in his left thumb, but his ball-handling skills looked sharp.

With Atlanta leading by six and 59.3 seconds remaining, Bibby was isolated against Udrih on the right side. Faking left and dribbling the ball between his legs, Bibby made a no-look pass to Zaza Pachulia, who drew a foul from Miller.

"He's a smart player," Miller said of Bibby. "He did everything old style."

Pachulia hit one of two free throws for a 115-108 lead.

The Hawks improved to 2-4 since trading for Bibby, who had a season high in assists and matched a season-high in points.

"It's great that we got him," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "You see he adds a totally different dimension, something we didn't have in terms of a point guard. Not only can he distribute the ball but he can score as well. He was huge tonight."

Francisco Garcia's 3-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter ended a 30-14 run for the Kings and gave them their first lead at 56-54.

Sacramento's Ron Artest finished with 23 points, hitting two free throws with 3:55 remaining to cut the lead to 110-106. The Kings, however, couldn't cut the deficit further.

For Atlanta, Bibby was the difference.

"We almost gave it back to them, but we finished plays off and got rebounds when we needed them," Bibby said. "It's going to take some time. You're going to have good games, you're going to have bad. We had a good one tonight."

Notes

  • Atlanta beat the Kings for the first time in nine games.
  • Sacramento was just 6-for-20 on 3-point attempts.
  • With Marvin Williams out with the flu, rookie G Mario West made his second career start, finishing with seven points and five rebounds in 16 minutes.
  • Shelden Williams didn't attempt a shot or have a rebound in three minutes.
  • G Anthony Johnson, another player Atlanta sent to Sacramento, had two points and three assists in 10 minutes.
  • The other two former Hawks, G Tyronn Lue (calf) and F Lorenzen Wright (coach's decision), didn't play.
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Mike Bibby, traded from Sacramento on Feb. 16, has 24 points and 12 assists.  (Getty Images)
Mike Bibby, traded from Sacramento on Feb. 16, has 24 points and 12 assists. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Sacramento (26-31) 28302732117
Atlanta (23-32) «40193430123
SAC:B. Miller 25 Pts
SAC:B. Miller 13 Reb
SAC:B. Udrih 8 Ast
ATL:J. Johnson 26 Pts
ATL:A. Horford 14 Reb
ATL:M. Bibby 12 Ast
Players of the Game
AtlantaSacramento

M. Bibby

B. Miller
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2451225136
Sacramento
B. Miller, C409-164-6136325
B. Udrih, PG3811-193-448325
R. Artest, SF378-146-1174123
M. Moore, PF333-54-670510
K. Martin, SG222-92-21226
F. Garcia, SF275-132-440614
J. Salmons, SF213-62-21138
A. Johnson, PG101-30-00312
S. Hawes, C92-40-03114
S. Williams, PF30-00-00000
S. Abdur-Rahim, PFDid Not Play
L. Wright, CDid Not Play
T. Lue, PGDid Not Play
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
Q. Douby, SGDid Not Play
Totals 44-8923-35402527117
 49.4%65.7% 
Atlanta
J. Johnson, SG448-175-526326
A. Horford, PF416-84-4144516
M. Bibby, PG377-138-9512424
J. Smith, SF325-144-6102414
M. West, SG163-71-15037
J. Childress, SG307-1010-1152125
Z. Pachulia, C171-43-45035
S. Stoudamire, SG110-50-00220
S. Jones, PF61-10-00012
J. Richardson, SF62-40-00004
S. Claxton, PGDid Not Play
M. Williams, SFDid Not Play
A. Law, PGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8335-40462826123
 48.2%87.5% 
Other Games
Chi 113 Final
Ind 107
Orl 89 Final
Phi 101
Min 85 Final
Tor 107
Cle 87 Final
Bos 92
Char 89 Final
NY 113
Pho 103 Final
NO 120
Det 95 Final
Utah 103
Den 138 Final
Sea 96
Port 82 Final
LAC 80