The Atlanta Hawks could use some consistency.
Kyle Korver is certainly doing his part, and their upcoming
schedule should also help.
Korver looks to continue his record-setting streak from 3-point
range as the Hawks try to beat the Sacramento Kings for a 12th
straight time Wednesday night.
Atlanta (13-12) has won four of six after dropping five of six.
Despite continuing to hover around .500, the Hawks are getting
consistent production from Korver, who is averaging 12.3 points and
is among the league’s top 3-point shooters at 48.7 percent.
Korver’s knack for connecting from long range has reached
historic levels, as he’s hit at least one 3 in an NBA-record 94
straight games since going 0 for 2 at home against Houston in his
first game with Atlanta on Nov. 2, 2012.
Korver kept his string going Monday, hitting three 3s to spur a
dominant third quarter as Atlanta went on to defeat the Los Angeles
Lakers 114-100 in the opener of a three-game homestand. He scored
all 11 of his points in the period, when the Hawks outscored the
“Great intensity. Great aggressiveness and I think we played off
of our defense,” first-year coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We moved
the ball well. We found the open guy. That’s how we want to
That hasn’t been a problem against the last-place Kings
The Hawks are averaging 111.0 points during their win streak in
the series while making 50.7 percent of their shots, including 39.8
from beyond the arc.
After facing Sacramento, Atlanta hosts Utah (6-21) on
Korver has put together his own streak against the Kings, making
at least one 3 in six straight meetings while going 18 for 26 from
long range and averaging 13.8 points.
Al Horford had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap added
25 and 11 in a 105-100 win at Sacramento on Nov. 5. Horford is
averaging 23.5 points and 9.3 boards over his past four meetings
The Kings have dropped three of four and are coming off one of
their worst performances of the season. They shot 37.5 percent from
the floor – 4 of 15 from 3-point range – while falling 95-87 at
Charlotte on Tuesday.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points and pulled down 17 rebounds
with six assists and three steals. The center is averaging 24.5
points and 13.3 boards over the past six games. However, he was
limited to 11 points with six rebounds against the Hawks last
Rudy Gay is looking for a bounce-back performance after scoring
a season-low four points while missing 5 of 6 shots against the
Bobcats. He totaled 50 points in his first two games with the Kings
after being acquired in a seven-player trade with Toronto on Dec.
Gay may have to contend with the Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll, who was
a big reason Kobe Bryant was limited to eight points on 4 for 14
from the floor Monday.
“I love it,” Carroll said. “That’s what they brought me here to
do, play defense. Each year I’m trying to make the defensive team
because I think I can be one of the lock-down defenders.”