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In Atlanta, Lakers get a third chance to win two straight

In Atlanta, Lakers get a third chance to win two straight

The Lakers (3-15) have yet to win two in a row this season. They'll get their third chance on Friday when they visit the Atlanta Hawks (12-9).

After winning 60 games last season, second-best in the NBA, the Hawks have taken a step backward this year -- and though they have a winning record, they're currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Having announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant will make his final appearance in Atlanta, in front of what is usually a very pro-Bryant/Lakers crowd.

The Hawks may not have Tiago Splitter (hip), while the Lakers are healthy, heading into the third night of an...

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