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. ." There were 14 lead changes in the third quarter. Late in the period, Gay stole the ball from Teague and drove the length of the court for a reverse layup that put the Kings up 78-75, but Teague answered with a 3 on Atlantas next possession. Sacramento grabbed the lead for the first time early in the second quarter. Jimmer Fredette had a jumper and a 3-pointer, and Cousins tip-in made it 33-30 with 9:38 to go. The Hawks had a quick response. Korver made his third 3 and Mike Scotts alley-oop dunk put Atlanta ahead by six about 3 minutes later. "It was a back and forth game," Teague said. "Everybody was scoring. We couldnt stop each other. Luckily we got some stops in the fourth." Gay, who was playing with right knee stiffness from Tuesdays loss at Charlotte, hit a jumper in the final minute of the second to put Sacramento up by one. Scott hit consecutive 3s from the left corner early in the fourth, his second one making it 93-91 and giving Atlanta the lead for good. After resting to begin the fourth, Cousins returned with 7:44 remaining, but he was nearly shut down offensively, hitting his only field-goal attempt after being very active in the paint throughout the first three quarters. Led by Korver, the Hawks went 15 for 25 from 3-point range. "When you play against guys like that, like known shooters, youve got to play with more urgency," Cousins said. "Thats something we didnt do tonight and the results of that, he had an incredible game." NOTES: Kings minority owner Shaquille ONeal was at the game. ... DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points and Paul Millsap had 14 for Atlanta. ... Korvers 3-point streak began in his second game with Atlanta on Nov. 4, 2012, in a victory at Oklahoma City. ... Sacramentos previous high in points allowed this season was 122 in a home loss to Utah last Wednesday. ... Atlanta had the games biggest lead at 14 when Millsap hit a 3 late in the first. ... The Hawks were without F Cartier Martin (sprained left ankle) and C Gustavo Ayon (sprained left ankle, bruised left leg). ... Kings F Carl Landry missed his 14th straight game with a torn hip flexor. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys
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