Lakers – Hawks Gameday Page
We took a look at the Lakers – Hawks contest in Atlanta while it was happening, entering a thought or three each quarter as the Lakers looked to close their 5-game road trip with win No. 3.
Lakers: Andrew Bynum (Achilles) Luke Walton (back)
Hawks: Randolph Morris
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Odom and Gasol
Hawks: Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford
Hawks – Lakers: By The Numbers
81.1 – Atlanta’s winning percentage at home. They’ve lost just seven games while winning 30 times, behind only Cleveland, the Lakers and Denver and tied with Orlando.
41 – Points scored by Kobe Bryant in L.A.’s 118-110 Nov. 1 victory at STAPLES Center. Andrew Bynum added 21 points with Pau Gasol out of the game (hamstring), but this time Gasol’s in and Bynum out (strained Achilles).
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9:22 Though his numbers are nearly all career lows, Hawks point guard has been starting games very well lately, and did it again by nailing three jump shots to put Atlanta up 7-4 to start the game. Strangely, but expectedly, nearly a quarter of the fans in the building were cheering for the Lakers. Atlanta struggles with this in general at home, particularly during L.A.’s lone trip.
4:49 After Artest tied the game up at 13, the biggest cheer of the night came not from something on the court, but when rapper T.I. was shown on the jumbotron. In related news, T.I. just got out of jail a lil’ bit ago. This reminds me of my favorite celeb moment from last season, when T.I. rose from his courtside seats during a time out, walked down the length of the court while waving and posing for pictures. Obviously, no one told him to get off the floor. Solid.
0:03.8 “Don’t foul a jump shooter” didn’t work for the Lakers as Shannon Brown hit sixth man Jamal Crawford’s wrist. “The Difference” (Crawford’s nickname this season, sounding like a Jersey Shore name) hit both free throws to get to five points in the period and give Atlanta a 29-25 lead after one.
6:38 L.A.’s offense was intermittently effective and poor, but one thing that was consistent was Kobe Bryant’s jumper. No. 24 seemed to get to his favorite spots pretty easily, and nailed 7-of-10 shots to start, getting to 15 points with the Lakers trailing 41-36. Moments later, Kobe would hit again, and Fisher converted two foul shots to cut the lead to three.
1:12 The Lakers controlled the middle portion of the quarter, twice cutting the lead to three, but they couldn’t find a way over the hump, missing 7-of-9 shots while Bibby nailed a three and Smith a deuce at the other end to open a 10-point lead at the break. The game had quickly turned from a back-and-forth contest to one that Atlanta seemed well in control of.
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