LOS ANGELES – LeBron James had 25 points and 10 assists on his return from illness, Russell Westbrook added 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-114 on Friday night to end their first winning streak of four games. in just a year.
Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points in the highest scoring game of his career with the injured Lakers going undefeated, beating the Hawks for the second time in eight days. Los Angeles won in Atlanta on December 30, with James scoring 47 points on his 38th birthday.
The Lakers took a 26-point lead in the first half of the rematch and held on to their fifth win in six games overall. They have not won four times in a row since January 7, 2022, when they also beat Atlanta in Los Angeles.
Thomas Bryant had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, while Dennis Schroeder had 21.
Trae Young scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half for the Hawks, who lost five of six. Unable to get past a dismal first half, Atlanta lost two out of three games in their four-game tour of California.
James returned to the Lakers after missing Wednesday’s spectacular victory over Miami with a bad cold, but Los Angeles played without Anthony Davis, Lonnie Walker, Troy Brown, Damian Jones and Austin Reeves, the newest additions to Los Angeles’ long list of injuries. with tight left hamstring.
Reeves and Walker, who have left knee tendonitis, are out for at least another two weeks, depriving the Lakers (18-21) of two key rotations as they try to maintain their overall solid game after starting 2-10. Coach Darwin Ham’s first season. Los Angeles used their 21st starting lineup in a 39-game season against Atlanta.
“The Rubik’s Cube was one of my favorite toys growing up,” Ham said before the game. “Now it’s very useful.”
With 37 points in their highest-scoring first quarter of the season, the Lakers opened a 26-point lead with a 25-8 lead to start the second. Los Angeles’ 21-point halftime lead was also the biggest of the season.
Young scored 17 points in the third quarter, but the Lakers maintained a large lead.
Hawks: Coach Nate McMillan received a technical foul at 4:10 to play due to an argument over a foul called by John Collins. … Clint Capela missed his sixth straight game with a right calf strain. … Ham was an assistant in Atlanta for five seasons before following Mike Budenholzer to Milwaukee in 2018.
Lakers: Sterling Brown played three minutes for Los Angeles about nine hours after leaving G-League club Toronto to sign a 10-day deal with the Lakers. He played under Ham while both were with the Bucks from 2018 to 2020. Brown is the younger brother of Shannon Brown, who won NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. … Gail Goodrich was an honorary captain. The 79-year-old Los Angeles native and UCLA product played nine of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers, eventually being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hawks: Los Angeles Clippers Sunday.
Lakers: Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
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