Atlanta has been up-and-down so far, and the flu virus that has ravaged the team certainly hasn't helped. However, the Hawks showed the ability to dig deep and found a way to victory.
''We can be a real up-and-down team, we know that,'' Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. ''We preach moving the basketball. We emphasize sharing the basketball and we did a really good job of that. Guys were finding each other all over the place and when we play like that we're a fun team to watch.''
Atlanta was up early in the game, taking a 34-20 lead after the first quarter. The Kings then cut the lead to only two points at the half, before the Hawks were able to outscore Sacramento 28-14 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open.