ATLANTA – Joe Johnson scored a season-high 36 points, including two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after trailing most of the game to beat the Sacramento Kigns 100-98 on Monday.
Johnson drove past three defenders for layup with 23 seconds remaining to give Atlanta a 98-96 lead. Carl Landry answered with a tying basket for Sacramento with 11.7 seconds remaining.
Following a timeout, Johnson was fouled by Tyreke Evans on a drive with less than a second remaining. Johnson made both free throws.
Atlanta took its first lead with 13 consecutive points early in the fourth quarter.
Al Horford added 23 points with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks for Atlanta. Josh Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 20 points. Beno Udrih had 17. Evans and Jason Thompson each had 16.
Carl Landry's layup with 36 seconds remaining tied the score at 96-all.
The Kings didn't trail until going scoreless for 4½ minutes as Atlanta scored 13 unanswered points as part of a 20-4 run to open the fourth quarter.
The Kings fell to 3-15 on the road.
Led by Cousins and Thompson inside and Udrih's drives to the basket, the Kings outplayed the Hawks until the final period.
Johnson's jumper with 7 minutes remaining pulled the Hawks even at 86-all for the first tie since late in the first quarter. Horford blocked Tyreke Evans' shot and then scored on a baseline jumper to give the Hawks their first lead at 88-86.
The Kings had four scorers in double figures when they led 62-53 at halftime.
Sacramento set a season high by scoring 70 points in the first half on Saturday at Detroit, but had only 36 points in the second half of a 110-106 loss. The Kings repeated that formula by again scoring only 36 points in the second half against Atlanta.
Horford set a career high by blocking seven shots.
NOTES: Farris Watkins, the great-niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., sang the national anthem. The Hawks also had a halftime ceremony honoring King, who was an Atlanta native, on his annual memorial day. ... Kings F Francisco Garcia (sore left calf) and G-F Donte Greene (sore left calf) did not play. ... There is no timetable on the return of Hawks F Marvin Williams, who missed his eighth straight game with a lower back injury. ... The Kings' last win in Atlanta was on Feb. 20, 2008.