Bibby's Debut Lifts Hawks

As Atlanta overcomes Kings 123-117
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:20 AM CST
Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson (2) takes a jumper for one of his 26 points against Sacramento Kings as Ron Artest (93) defends during the second half of a basketball game Wednesday Feb. 27, 2008, in Atlanta....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Bibby gave his old team a demonstration of all his skills—from the wrong side of the court, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In his home debut with Atlanta following a move from Sacramento, Bibby put up 24 points, 12 assists and five rebounds to lift Atlanta past the Kings,123-117.  "We got the win," said Bibby. "It was definitely needed."

The star player is "something we haven't had since I've been here—so I don't want to screw him up," commented coach Mike Woodson. Bibby was joined by captain Joe Johnson's 26 points and Josh Childress' 25 as the Hawks matched their season-best point total. Sacramento's new point guard, Beno Udrih, finished with 25 points and eight assists on the night.