With protests happening outside, Kings edge Hawks in front of limited crowd
SACRAMENTO -- The show must go on. With a ring of protesters surrounding Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks played in front of the few thousand fans that made it inside before the lockdown.
Justin Jackson put in his best offensive showing as a pro, scoring a career-high 20 to lead Sacramento to the 105-90 victory.
Despite sitting most of their players, the Hawks kept the game close. But with Dennis Schroder resting, they didn’t have the firepower to get over the hump.
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Jackson was able to drowned out the noise of the evening and have a huge night. The rookie small forward posted a career-best 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
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Everyone scores, everyone wins. Jackson led the way with 20, but four other Kings scored in double-figures and all 10 Kings players that stepped on the court hit at least one basket.
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Less than 3,000 fans were allowed into the game before Golden 1 Center went on lockdown. They were treated to free food the entire night and allowed to sit wherever they wanted. The group was loud and stayed engaged throughout the game, despite the chaotic evening.
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Atlanta made it a game in the early fourth quarter, but the Kings kept hitting their shots and the shorthanded Hawks ran out of gas.
Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) and Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) sat out. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games with knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Sunday to face the Celtics for a Sunday matinee. They’ll play the Mavericks, Pacers and Warriors before heading back out on the road to start April.