ATLANTA (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points in his return from a knee injury, Onyeka Okongwu also scored 18 off the bench and the Atlanta Hawks recovered from a slow start to beat the struggling Sacramento Kings 121-104 on Wednesday night.
The Hawks relied on their backups for their fifth consecutive win. Atlanta’s bench outscored Sacramento’s backups 70-24, including a 41-11 advantage in the first half.READ MORE: Party At Carmichael Apartment Ends With Minor Shot Dead
Harrison Barnes led Sacramento with 28 points. The Kings suffered their fifth consecutive loss overall and 10th straight on the road.
Trae Young scored 17 points with 10 assists, but he and other starters were on the bench most of the second quarter when the Hawks outscored the Kings 46-17. After trailing by 14 points late in the first quarter, Atlanta led 67-50 at halftime.
Kings rookie Davion Mitchell, a native of Hinesville, Georgia, made his second start. Mitchell filled in for Terence Davis, who is out indefinitely with tendon damage in his right wrist.
Mitchell took advantage of the opportunity by scoring 20 points, including 10 of Sacramento’s first 16.
Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry said before the game he expected his players to be motivated following Tuesday night’s 128-75 loss at Boston.
“From just a personal pride standpoint, you have a tendency to dig in and try to play much better,” Gentry said.
The Kings’ pride showed — at least in the opening period. Led by Mitchell, the Kings led 33-19 late in the first quarter.
Led by Bogdanovic, Okongwu, Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams, Atlanta’s bench erased the deficit.READ MORE: Flying High At Fallon: Inside The Real Top Gun Training School
Okongwu caught a pass from Williams with his right hand and threw down a one-handed jam to cap a 9-1 run to open the second period.
Bogdanovic, who returned after missing five games with right knee soreness, sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 42 and then added two more baskets, including another 3, for a 47-42 lead.
Sacramento’s biggest deficit was 30 points, at 90-60, in the third quarter.
Williams had 15 points while making each of his three 3-pointers.
Kings: Richaun Holmes scored 12 points. … Davis was injured in a hard fall in Tuesday night’s loss at Boston. He was averaging 10.4 points per game, including a career-high 35 points on Jan. 19 against Detroit and 22 points the following game against Milwaukee. … G De’Aaron Fox (left ankle) missed his third consecutive game.
Hawks: The team had no players on its injury report for the first time since Jan. 3, 2020. … F De’Andre Hunter started and had nine points in 17 minutes after being listed as questionable with lower back discomfort. … F Jalen Johnson was recalled from G League College Park.
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Hawks: Host Boston on Friday night.