Hawks win, Boston awaits

It has been an abysmal start to the season for the Atlanta Hawks, but hopefully an historic 126-80 home win against the Sacramento Kings is just what Mike Budenholzer ‘s team needs to make the 2017-18 campaign worthwhile.

 

The 46-point win marks the largest margin of victory in franchise history, breaking the previous record of 44 points set in 1997 following a 141-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

 

Once again the Hawks were led in scoring by point guard Dennis Schroder who torched the Kings for 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, but it was the surprise 20 points and 14 rebounds from center Dwayne Dedmon. Dedmon also was the only player in the game to record a stat in the five major categories (points, rebounds, assist, steals, and blocks).

 

An explosive second quarter, that saw the Hawks outscore Sacramento 40-19, propelled Atlanta into a comfortable position going into the second half up 64-35. After a closely contested third quarter in which the Hawks outscored the Kings 28-26, the Hawks removed all doubt of victory by outpacing the Kings 34-19 in the final quarter.

 

Including Schroder and Dedmon, eight Hawks players scored at least 10 points and as unit the Atlanta bench scored a whopping 46 points. Aging vets Zach Randolph and George Hill finished with 16 and 12 points respectfully to lead the Kings who now fall to 3-11 following the lopsided loss.

 

The Hawks, who move to 3-12, will look to make in back-to-back wins on Saturday when they host a Boston Celtics team that bolsters a league-best 13-2 record. This will prove to be much more than a tough game as the Hawks will enter the contest with a 2-8 record at Philips Arena, while Boston has been a juggernaut away from the TD Garden Arena with a 7-1 record on the road. The Kings will look to bounce back when they host the Portland Trailblazers.

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