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Lakers fall back to Earth with loss to Atlanta Hawks, 100-87

Lakers fall back to Earth with loss to Atlanta Hawks, 100-87

For the third time this season, the Lakers were unable to build a winning streak, falling on Friday to the Hawks in Atlanta, 100-87.

The Hawks dominated the first half, leading by as many as 19 points. The Lakers responded with a strong third quarter, outscoring Atlanta, 30-20. With exactly six minutes left in the game, former Hawks guard Lou Williams hit a three-pointer to get the Lakers within four points.

The final minutes, however, were a disaster for the Lakers. The Hawks hit shot after shot and forced turnovers, closing out with a 13-point win.

Kobe Bryant was cheered warmly by the Atlanta crowd, but the All-Star shot just four for 19 from the field, missing...

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