NBA: Hawks rally to top Kings, extend win streak to four

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Posted at Mar 14 2021 12:53 PM

NBA: Hawks rally to top Kings, extend win streak to four 1
Atlanta Hawks guard Tony Snell (19) is congratulated by teammates as he makes the game winning three point basket to beat the Toronto Raptors during the fourth quarter at Amalie Arena. File photo. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Trae Young and Clint Capela combined for 52 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 121-106 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings, extending their winning streak to a season-long four games.

Young made five 3-pointers and scored 28 points with nine assists. Capela had 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Atlanta improved to 4-0 since Nate McMillan became head coach on March 1. The Hawks have won three consecutive games in which they trailed by double digits and have their first four-game winning streak since April 2017, the last year they made the playoffs.

Atlanta also got 16 points from John Collins and 15 points off the bench from Danilo Gallinari.

Sacramento was led by De'Aaron Fox with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Richaun Holmes added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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The Kings got off to a hot start, led by as many as 14 points at 26-12. Sacramento took a 33-22 lead into the second quarter.

But veteran reserve guard Rajon Rondo sparked the Hawks to a surge in the second quarter. Atlanta scored the first 10 points and tied it 33-33 on Rondo's 3-pointer, part of a 24-2 run that gave the Hawks a 46-35 lead with 5:43 remaining in the half on a Kevin Huerter 3-pointer. Atlanta went on to lead 61-51 at the half.

The Hawks built their lead to 23 points when Young hit a 3-pointer with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter for a 94-71 advantage.

An 8-0 Sacramento run, completed by Harrison Barnes' three-point play, cut the lead to 94-79, but the Hawks held a 98-81 lead at the end of three quarters. Young scored 17 points in the quarter after having only six in the first half.

Sacramento got as close as 10 points in the fourth quarter before Atlanta responded with baskets by Young and Collins to restore the lead to 14 points with 3:26 left.

The Hawks play again at home on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings play at Charlotte in the second game of their six-game road trip.

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