Kings beat Hawks amid protests outside Golden1 Center
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 11 of his season-high 20 points in the third quarter and the Sacramento Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-90 on Thursday night in a game that was delayed due to protesters who were locked arm-in-arm surrounding entrances to Golden1 Center.
Jackson shot 7 of 8 and was perfect on four shots beyond the arc to help the Kings split the season series with the Hawks while avenging their worst loss of the season. Atlanta beat Sacramento 126-80 in November.
Buddy Hield and Frank Mason scored 16 points apiece, while Kosta Koufos added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.
A massive crowd shut down nearby freeways and gathered in the surrounding streets to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was in the backyard of his grandparents’ house Sunday night. According to reports, Clark was shot 20 times.
Only a few hundred fans made it into the Golden1 Center before police decided to not allow anyone else to enter. Several of those who did get in were allowed to move down into the lower bowl of the arena, leaving the upper deck empty.
With so few fans in attendance, the game often had the look and feel of a high school playoff.
The Kings led most of the way and pulled away in the second half behind Jackson and Hield, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Isaiah Taylor scored 18 points, Dewayne Dedmon added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Dorsey made three 3s and scored 11 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost three straight in Sacramento.
Taylor had seven of Atlanta’s first 13 points and the Hawks made four 3s to take a 28-25 lead.
Sacramento trailed 38-35 midway through the second, then closed the half on a 14-6 run. Six players scored for the Kings during the run that was capped by Bruno Caboclo’s first 3-pointer of the season.
Jackson went inside and converted a three-point play to start another run for Sacramento at the end of the third. Hield added a 3-pointer and Mason had four points to put the Kings up 80-71.
Hawks: Atlanta hasn’t won back-to-back games since Feb. 4-6. . Dennis Schroder was given the night off by coach Mike Budenholzer. . Kent Bazemore missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised bone in his right knee.
Kings: Zach Randolph (stomach) and Garrett Temple (sprained left ankle) did not play.
Hawks: At Golden State on Friday.
Kings: Host Boston on Sunday.