Hawks lose to Kings despite Bibby's 17 points

By: associated press
By: associated press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Bibby returned to Sacramento as an opposing player and the Kings fans made him feel as if he never left.

It's only been a few days since Bibby was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, but he enjoyed the warm welcome.

Even with Bibby making his trademark jumpers and scoring 17 points, the Hawks lost their sixth straight game, 119-107. It also was Atlants's eighth consecutive overall in Sacramento, where they haven't won since February 23rd, 2000.

Ron Artest provided another example why the Kings might not want to deal him. He scored 29 points and Kevin Martin had 26 for the Kings.

Bibby hugged well-wishing fans and arena employees before the game, then laughed and joked with his ex-teammates in pre-game warmups when he wandered toward their side of the court. The 10-year veteran received a standing ovation following a video tribute before the game and the Arco Arena fans were on their feet and even louder moments later when Bibby waved to the crowd during player introductions.

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