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SACRAMENTO -- After a slow start, the Sacramento Kings kicked off their six-game homestand with a blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center. 

Trae Young and John Collins looked solid early for Atlanta, but a big push from Sacramento’s reserves proved too much to handle. Six Kings players scored in double-figures as they ran away for a 135-113 victory. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back over the .500 mark at 26-25 on the season.

That Harry Giles Kid

After sitting for the better part of three years, Giles has had a difficult time adjusting to the speed of the NBA in his rookie season. Against the Hawks, he found his sea legs.

The 20-year-old big looked strong in the first half, posting eight points and four rebounds. In the third quarter, he came alive. The former top prospect came in a minute into the period when Willie Cauley-Stein picked up his fourth foul, and he wrecked Atlanta’s front line. 

Giles scored 12 of his career-high 20 points in the third. He shot 10-of-12 from the field for the game and added seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action. 

Marvelous Marvin

Harry and Marv went to work. The young duo is building chemistry and against the Hawks, they made some noise.

Bagley used his springy legs to notch another double-double. He finished the night with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added 12 rebounds off the Kings’ bench. 

 

It may take a year or two, but these two look like the future in the post for the Kings.

Bench Blitz

Sacramento looked dead in the water early in the game. They trailed by 10 at the 6:36 mark of the first quarter and then coach Dave Joerger started going to his second unit. 

The group that included Yogi Ferrell, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Bagley and Giles responded by closing out the first quarter strong to take a 32-31 after 12 minutes of play. 

They kept it up in the second, helping Sacramento take a 15-point lead in the period. They pushed the tempo and changed the direction of the game.