Atlanta Hawks coast to victory over the Lakers
The Lakers lost their second consecutive game, falling to the Atlanta Hawks, 106-77, on Friday night at Staples Center.
Playing without Kobe Bryant (shoulder), Jordan Clarkson (knee) and Lou Williams (hamstring), the Lakers never really challenged the Hawks, who built a 54-36 halftime lead they were able to sustain.
Starting rookie Anthony Brown in place of Bryant and Nick Young for Clarkson, the Lakers shot only 34.1% from the field, 18.5% (5 of 27) from three-point range and 70% (14 of 20) from the free-throw line.
Atlanta shot 54.4%, 46.4% (13 of 28) and 73.1% (19 of 26), respectively. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 16 points off the bench. Kyle Korver added 15, Kris Humphries 14, Jeff Teague 12, Paul Millsap 11 and Kent Bazemore 10.
Lakers forward Julius Randle reached a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, on a respectable seven of 14 shooting.
D’Angelo Russell struggled, scoring only seven points while missing 13 of 16 shots. The Lakers’ rookie guard dished five assists but had five turnovers.
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., right, retrieves a loose ball against Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. during the first half Friday night.(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Lakers forward Brandon Bass looks to score inside against Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha (25) and center Al Horford (15) during the first half,(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas pass the ball behind Hawks forward Paul Millsap during the first half.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Hawks point guard Jeff Teague splits the defense of Lakers forward Metta World Peace, left, and point guard D’Angelo Russell on a drive to the basket during the second half of their game Friday night at Staples Center.(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Lakers forward Brandon Bass and Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. battle for a rebound during the second half.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. protects the ball from the reach of Hawks forward Kris Humphries during the second half.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Hawks guard Dennis Schroder drives past Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas during the second half.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Hawks center Al Horford tries to drive the baseline against Lakers forward Brandon Bass during the second half.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
The only other Lakers in double figures were reserves Brandon Bass with 12 points and Marcelo Huertas with 10. Young managed just five points, missing eight of nine shots.
The best news for the Lakers on Friday was in the lottery chase, with the Brooklyn Nets (18-44) and Phoenix Suns (16-46) picking up wins.
The Lakers (12-51) play again on Sunday, hosting the Golden State Warriors (55-5). The Hawks (34-28) stay in Los Angeles to play the Clippers (40-20) on Saturday.
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