Hawks vs. Kings: Drew feels team was 'fun to watch'

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Larry Drew was a proud coach after Friday night's win over Sacramento.

The Atlanta Hawks have struggled early in the 2012 season, but they came up large on the west coast Friday night, beating the hapless Sacramento Kings 112-96.

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.

Coach Larry Drew was happy with his team's effort in a game bordering on must-win, according to yahoo.com.

''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.''

Kyle Korver led the Hawks with 22 points, while Al Horford and Josh Smith combined for another 39 to propel the team to a much-needed win.

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.

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