Korver's 3s lead Atlanta past Sacramento

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta and Sacramento traded baskets for much of the night. When the fourth quarter rolled around, Kyle Korver and Co. put the Kings away.

Korver made seven consecutive 3-point attempts on his way to a season-high 28 points, leading the Hawks to a 124-107 victory on Wednesday.

"Those are dangerous games," Korver said. "We kind of said when the fourth quarter started that we've got to pick it up right now."

Al Horford added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two straight and five of seven. Jeff Teague finished with 18 points and tied a career high with 15 assists.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points, Rudy Gay had 22 and Isaiah Thomas 20 for the Kings, who allowed a season high in points.

The Hawks outscored the Kings 39-20 in the fourth quarter of their 12th consecutive victory against Sacramento. Horford made consecutive jumpers to help Atlanta open a 117-105 lead with 2:49 left.

"I guess I'm not doing a good enough job of giving them a game plan that they can execute," Sacramento coach Michael Malone said, "and I'm not doing a good enough job of explaining who the players are on their team that can make shots."

Korver missed his first 3 attempt early in the first, but then hit seven in a row before missing midway through the fourth. He went 8 for 10 from long range while extending his NBA record to 95 straight games with at least one 3-pointer.

Korver finished with his highest point total since Nov. 21, 2007, when he scored 31 for Philadelphia in a 104-84 home victory over New York.

"I got a lot of really good looks tonight," Korver said. "I usually don't get that many. That was a product of a lot of our spacing and just everyone knocking down shots."

Atlanta finished with 38 assists for its highest total since it had 39 in a 136-104 home victory over Philadelphia on April 19, 1997.

"That's the product of a lot of things," Korver said. "It's unselfishness, it's good spacing, it's a lot of guys in rhythm, it's everyone being dangerous and no one's really sure where the help is going to come from (on defense). When Jeff is attacking like that and really going to the basket, it really creates a lot of openings for us."

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