DeMarcus Cousins has 24 points, 15 rebounds as Kings beat Hawks 91-88

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat Atlanta 91-88 Thursday night for their fourth straight win and first against the Hawks in nearly eight years.

Rajon Rondo made a clutch basket in the fourth quarter and had his fifth triple double of the season with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Kings.

Sacramento had dropped 15 straight games to Atlanta since a 119-107 victory Feb. 20, 2008.

Ben McLemore had 14 points, Omri Casspi had 13 and Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings. Sacramento outhustle the Hawks on boards and held a 56-42 edge.

Paul Millsap had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which had its three-game win streak snapped. Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and both Al Horford and Kent Bazemore had 11.

After Cauley-Stein made two free throws, Schroder connected on a 3-pointer to tie the score at 88 with 28.5 seconds left. Rondo put the Kings back in the lead with a layup along the baseline after taking a handoff from Cousins.

Following a turnover by Horford, Darren Collison made 1 of 2 free throws to put the Kings up 91-88. The Hawks failed to get a shot off to end the game.

The Kings went ahead by 17 points in the third quarter and were up by nine heading into the fourth. But the Hawks tied it at 76 with 13-4 run to open the fourth quarter.

McLemore had a four-point play and Casspi followed with a 3 to highlight 18 consecutive points by the Kings, who took a 67-50 lead with just over 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

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Hawks: Reserve forward Mike Scott has made at least one 3-pointer in 10 of the past 11 games. … The Hawks didn’t have a player in double figures until Millsap made a short jumper at the 4:16 mark of the third quarter.

Kings: Sacramento was missing second-leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was out with a heel injury that occurred Wednesday against the Lakers. … Cousins had 13 points and 10 rebounds by halftime in recording his ninth straight double-double and his 24th this season in 34 games. … A rookie, Cauley-Stein had his first double-double Wednesday against the Lakers and added another one against Atlanta.