Instant Analysis: Kings take epic pounding at hands of lowly Hawks
Drought in Atlanta reaches 11 years
Ugly. The Sacramento Kings finished their three-game road trip Wednesday night in Atlanta and it’s a tape they’ll likely burn. For the 11th straight time, the Kings lost at Philips Arena, this time by a final of 126-80.
Sacramento couldn’t buy a bucket early and they left Atlanta’s shooters wide open on the other end. Dewayne Dedmon ran circles around the Kings bigs. Luke Babbitt launched unimpeded multiple times and then Dennis Schroder took over.
With the loss, the Kings finished the trip 0-3 and they have dropped eight straight on the road after picking up a win in the first week of the season.
Dewayne Dedmon, Luke Babbitt, Dennis Schroder...pick your poison. The Kings defense took the night off and the Hawks looked like world beaters. Dedmon dropped in 20 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in just 23 minutes of action. Babbitt hit wide open shots for 13 points and Schroder chipped in 21 points and eight assists.
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Zach Randolph was one of the few Kings players that could hit water if he fell out of a boat. The veteran big scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The rest of the team combined to hit 24-for-77 (31.2 percent) from the field.
Atlanta jumped all over the Kings from the opening tip, taking a 24-16 lead after the first quarter and a 64-35 lead in the half.
Vince Carter missed his fourth straight game with kidney stones. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings return from the three-game road trip to face the Portland Trail Blazers in a home-and-road back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. Following the two games against the Blazers, the Kings begin a three game homestand beginning Monday against the Denver Nuggets.
Sixth-worst loss in Kings history
Few losses have been worse than the one the Kings suffered on Wednesday night. Here's where this ranks in franchise history, according to Land of Basketball:
62 points -- Nov. 2, 1991 at Golden State
58 points -- Dec. 15, 1985 at Milwaukee
55 points -- April 17, 1989 at Phoenix
48 points -- Feb. 2, 2009 at Phoenix
47 points -- Feb. 22, 1991 at Chicago
46 points -- Tonight at Atlanta
45 points -- Dec. 28, 2008 vs Boston
The 46-point win is the largest victory in Hawks franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.