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NBA scores: Atlanta dethrones the Kings

Atlanta got an important win over the hapless Kings on Friday night.

Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE

On Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks went out to the west coast and took care of the Sacramento Kings 112-96.

Atlanta got off to a hot start, taking a 34-20 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Kyle Korver led the Haws with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting while Al Horford and Josh Smith scored 20 and 19 respectively.

The win puts Atlanta back to .500 (4-4) in the early going, with the Kings dropping to 2-7.

Memphis 105, New York 95: The Knicks finally lost a game on Friday at Memphis. Zach Randolph proved to be nightmare inside for New York, picking up 20 points and 15 rebounds against his old squad. Marc Gasol also had his way with Tyson Chandler, collecting 24 points and seven rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks in a losing cause with 20 points.

Los Angeles Lakers 114, Phoenix 102: In the Lakers first game under new head coach Mike D'Antoni, Los Angeles came out on top over his old team, the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant had 31 points to lead all scorers to accompany Dwight Howard's double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.