It has now been a decade since the Kings won a game in Atlanta, although the Hawks gave them hope when they allowed the visitors to score 37 points in the third quarter.
"Coach really challenged us after that," Kyle Korver said of Mike Budenholzer's call for the Hawks to step up their defense.
"So far this season, we've been a pretty good defensive team and we know that's got to be one of the strengths of our team to play at a high level.
"We were challenged and we responded in that fourth quarter," Korver added of the Hawks' improved effort in limiting the Kings to 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"There were a ton of highlight plays and we started to feed off the home crowd. Better defense also got our offense going."
The Kings were within 90-88 in the final period before the Hawks ran off eight straight points to regain control.
Veteran center Dwight Howard blocked four shots, including a key rejection in the final period.
Howard, signed as a free agent prior to the season, scored 18 points despite going just 8-for-20 from the foul line and grabbed 11 rebounds.
"We have a lot of blood-thirsty players on this team and we never back down from a challenge," Bazemore said. "We took up our physicality and got back to our style of basketball."
Fifty-four fouls were called in the bruising encounter, 30 of them against the Kings. Atlanta were 29 of 47 from the free throw line and the Kings made 13 of 19 foul shots.
"It was a physical game," Korver said. "It was a choppy, but that happens some nights and you have to play through it."
Although they're off to a strong start, the Hawks did get some bad news Monday, announcing forward Mike Scott would be sidelined for some four weeks undergoing treatment for a sore left knee.
Scott was limited in training camp and has yet to play this season.
"It's probably better that it's now instead of later," Budenholzer said.