ATLANTA (AP) — Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 20 points and had 14 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks rode a dominant first half to the most lopsided win in franchise history, 126-80 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Hawks’ 46-point margin of victory was two points better than their previous best. Atlanta beat the Pistons, 141-97, Feb. 7, 1994, and the St. Louis Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets, 144-100, Feb. 12, 1965.
The Hawks (3-12) have now passed the Bulls (2-10) for 14th of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.
Dennis Schroder had 21 points and eight assists for hot-shooting Atlanta, which snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time at home.
The Kings completed a 0-3 trip while falling to 1-8 away from home. They’re now 3-11 overall, ahead of only the Mavericks in the Western Conference.
Atlanta pulled away with two 12-0 runs in the second quarter and took a 64-35 lead into halftime. The Hawks made six 3-pointers in the quarter.
Atlanta made its first eight shots and 50 of 79 (63.3 percent) for the game. The Hawks made 16 of their 32 3-point attempts.
The rout continued in the final period as back-to-back 3s by Taurean Price pushed the lead to 108-65.
Hawks forward Luke Babbitt had 13 points in the first half, while making three of four 3-pointers. He sat out the second half with lower back spasms.
Dedmon’s 14 rebounds set a season high.
Kings: G-F Vince Carter (kidney stone) was inactive for the fourth straight game. … Sacramento won its first road game at Dallas and has since lost eight straight away from home. … The Kings were outrebounded 53-29 and had no player with more than four rebounds.
Hawks: Ersan Ilyasova had one point and seven rebounds in 13 minutes in his return after missing eight games with a bone bruise in his left knee. … F-C Miles Plumlee (strained right quad) could be nearing his season debut. Atlanta assigned Plumlee and G-F Nicolas Brussino to their Erie G League team.
Kings: Host Portland on Friday night before visiting the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Hawks: Host Boston for the second time this season on Saturday night. The Celtics beat the Hawks 110-107 on Nov. 6.