Bibby Leads Hawks To Victory In Return To Sacramento

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IFebruary 19, 2009

Tonight, the Sacramento Kings hosted the Atlanta Hawks in Mike Bibby’s second game as an opponent inside Arco Arena.

Tonight, he led his Hawks with 29 points en route to a 105-100 victory over the shorthanded Kings.

Earlier in the day, the Kings traded Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago and waived guard Sam Cassell and former first round pick Quincy Douby.

The Hawks came out quickly and led 30-27 after the first quarter, holding the lead well into the second. Bibby had 15 first half points.

Then Kevin Martin took over for the Kings, leading a 19-2 run to finish the half. The Kings led 59-55.

Martin caught fire in the second quarter, attacking the rim for 13 free-throw attempts. Among them was a four-point play, with the Hawks’ Marvin Williams running him over on a made three pointer. He finished the half with 24 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

The Hawks controlled the third quarter. The Kings struggled to find shooters in transition and the Hawks made them pay. The bad defense continued and the Hawks led 83-77 at the end of three.

The Kings went cold to start the fourth and Atlanta took an 89-84 lead.

They responded with a quick run at the end to tie the game at 100 with 57 seconds to go.

The Hawks scored and led by three as the Kings had one last chance to tie the game. Bobby Jackson’s missed three-pointer sealed the victory for the Hawks.

Joe Johnson added 20 points and Al Horford had an 18/18 night in support of Bibby.

Martin led the Kings with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

The Kings will next play at Memphis on Friday.

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