Considering that the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks have two of the worst records in the NBA, this game was not supposed to be headline-grabbing news. What both fans of the Kings and the Hawks probably did not expect was a blowout of historic proportions. The Atlanta Hawks won by 46 points, the most in franchise history. This came off on a career night for Dewayne Dedmon, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, along with double-digit scoring for seven other players as well. The Hawks shot over 60 percent from the field and made 16 3 pointers on 50 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which lead to them scoring 126 points. On the defensive end, the Hawks held the Kings to 80 points, which they scored on 35 percent shooting from the field. The Hawks started the game off strong, building a large lead early. They expanded their lead in the second quarter when they more than doubled the Kings scoring. While the Kings did manage to keep pace with the Hawks in the third, they still could not close the lead. By the fourth, the lead was almost insurmountable, and the Hawks ran away with the game. This is the type of game where everything came together for the Hawks, and it is unlikely that they get this type of performance from their players again. However, this game should be a great experience for the younger members of the Hawks. This young team has a habit of losing close games in the fourth quarter, and the fact that the Hawks did not take their foot off the gas until the very end is very encouraging. Overall it was a fantastic game for the Hawks, and it should be a great confidence booster for when they face Kyrie Irving and the Celtics at home.
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