Giles, Bagley lead Kings in 135-113 blowout of Hawks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Harry Giles came off the bench and scored 12 of his season-high 20 points in the third quarter, Marvin Bagley III added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings romped past the Atlanta Hawks 135-113 behind their two prized rookies Wednesday night.
Bogdan Bogdanovic had 16 points and seven assists for the Kings, who pulled away in the third thanks to Giles. Buddy Hield scored 18 and Nemanja Bjelica added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Trae Young had 23 points with eight assists for Atlanta, which has lost four of six.
Giles and Bagley have spent the majority of the season as part of Sacramento’s second unit. They came off the bench again to lead the Kings to their second lopsided win over the Hawks.
Bagley, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft who made his first career start on Jan. 22, had 13 points in the first half when Sacramento rallied from 10 down to go up 67-53 at halftime. Bagley also scored on a reverse dunk early in the fourth quarter to bring the crowd to its feet.
Giles, who missed last season mending from knee surgery, had his most dominant stretch in the third. He had a hand in four straight baskets with a pair of short hook shots, an assist and an offensive rebound that led to a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic. Giles later had an emphatic dunk that put Sacramento ahead 105-77.
That was important for coach Dave Joerger’s team on a night when De’Aaron Fox struggled with his shot most of the game. The second-year point guard was scoreless in the first quarter and finished 4 of 10 from the floor.
Fox had a rough night overall. He was initially credited with a steal that would have extended his streak to 20 consecutive games with at least one before a scoring change took it away.
Atlanta couldn’t sustain its early momentum. The Hawks, beaten by the Kings 146-115 on Nov. 1, trailed by 29 and committed 21 turnovers.
Hawks: Young made four 3s and needs four to break the Atlanta rookie record of 82 set by Salim Stoudamire in 2005-06. Kevin Huerter is close behind Young with 78. . Tyler Dorsey was held out with a knee injury. . Vince Carter received a loud ovation when he entered in the second quarter. Carter spent last season with the Kings.
Kings: Yogi Ferrell scored seven straight points in the second. . Sacramento outrebounded Atlanta 53-36.
Hawks: Play at Utah on Friday.
Kings: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.
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