There's playing the right way.
Then there's playing the Kings' way.
It cost them another game Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks benefited from Sacramento's mistake-filled offense and passive defense in a 122-108 victory at Philips Arena.
It was the Kings' fourth consecutive loss overall, 10th straight against the Hawks and seventh in a row on the road to start a five-game trip.
Sacramento remains focused on offense, but its defense continues to be porous.
The Kings led by 13 points in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, they trailed by 18 as they allowed 97 points in the final three periods.
Sacramento led 33-25 after the first quarter but scored fewer points in each subsequent quarter while the Hawks piled on the points.
As the lead dwindled, the Kings played worse.
"We went away from what worked, and we have a tendency to do that every game," said center DeMarcus Cousins.
"We're a front-running team, and that's what front-runners do," said guard Isaiah Thomas. "When things are good, everybody's happy, and everybody's being a great teammate, and everybody's smiling. When things go bad, finger-pointing starts going on, and we stop focusing on defense. We start going one-on-one … ."
Kings start fast but suffer fourth straight loss
Sacramento Bee | Feb 23