ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 35 points, Clint Capela added 11 points and 14 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks broke the Sacramento Kings’ seven-game winning streak with a 115-106 win Wednesday night.
Young had 10 points in the third, including a straight 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a 97-86 lead, and his 27-foot-3 made it 110-97 with 3:58 in the game and brought out a huge roar from the game Crowd, as the kings never really threatened the rest of the way.
Young made it 113-102 with a 3 in the last minute.
Sacramento put on a 15-4 run and pulled in in third place with 3 from Malik Monk within six points. The Kings went into fourth, nine behind, but never got closer than seven the rest of the way as De’Andre Hunter scored five straight points to push the lead to 107-95 midway through the fourth.
Monk led the Kings with a season-high 27 points, and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 13 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox, who finished two straight games with at least 32 points, finished with 18 points on 7-of-20 shooting for Sacramento, which ended its longest winning streak since November 13–26, 2004.
Sacramento, playing the second night of a back-to-back on the road, started night three of the Western Conference. The Kings started the game leading the NBA in scoring (120.9) and field goal percentage (.498), but the Kings shot 46.1%, including 30% on 3s.
The Hawks went on a 19-7 run midway through the first game to take the game’s first double-digit lead at 23-13. A fastbreak dunk by Jalen Johnson made it 42-29 early in the second, and the Kings called a timeout.
Atlanta’s biggest lead in the second was 19, and the Hawks were up 72-57 at halftime.
Kings: Trey Lyles had a career-high five offensive rebounds in a regular-season game. … Sabonis has surpassed 4,000 rebounds in his career. …Monk scored 15 points in the first half. … Fox passed Otis Birdsong for 19th on the Kings points list with 6,541 early in the third.
Hawks: Young had five points in the third game after hitting a 3 and being fouled by Fox, who picked up a technical foul. Young hit both free throws. … Since March 3, 2022, the Hawks have had at least 100 points in 39 straight games, the third-longest scoring streak in franchise history and the longest active streak of its kind in the NBA.
HE IS BACK
Huerter made his first return to the State Farm Arena, where he averaged 12.1 points in 2021-22, the final year of a four-season run with the Hawks. He was traded to Sacramento in early July for Justin Holiday, Maurice Harkless and a prospective first-round draft pick.
“He bought himself in from day one,” Kings coach Mike Brown said before the game. “He’s fantastic on and off the ground. His work ethic shows.”
Huerter started the game averaging 16.7 points, third best on the team, and he shot 50% on 3s to rank fifth in the NBA. Fans gave him a standing ovation after a video tribute in the first quarter.
“He’s one of my favorite guys,” said Hawks coach Nate McMillan. “He gives everything he has at both ends of the floor. I enjoyed working with him.”
Kings: In Boston on Friday night.
Hawks: In Houston on Friday night.