Lakers push back Hawks, push win streak to four


January 7, 2022; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) controls the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (7) during the first half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James scored 32 points with nine assists and Malik Monk added 29 points, a season-high, as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to four games with a 134-118 win over the Hawks. from Atlanta visiting Friday night.

Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker each had 21 points for the Lakers, who have won five of their last six games following a five-game losing streak immediately following the month-long loss of Anthony Davis with a knee injury.

Trae Young scored 25 points with 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Hawks fell to 2-3 on a six-game road trip that ended in Los Angeles on Sunday against the Clippers. Young had his 17th consecutive game of 25 or more points to break Dominique Wilkins’ franchise record.

Young, who came in second in the NBA with an average of 28.4 points, was playing his first game since scoring 56 points in a road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. He missed Wednesday’s game in Sacramento with a bruised lower back.

The Lakers took a 12-point lead less than five minutes into the game and pushed the lead to 19 points to 53-34 with 7:05 remaining before halftime. The Hawks ended the first half on a 27-11 streak to lead 64-61 at the break.

The Hawks came close to four at 73-69 with 7:58 left in the third quarter before Horton-Tucker and Carmelo Anthony combined for 19 points in the final 4:12 of the period to give Los Angeles an advantage of 101-87.

The Lakers finished the win despite Russell Westbrook’s foul with 4:39 left. Westbrook had nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Anthony finished with 17 points for Los Angeles.

John Collins had 21 points for the Hawks, while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 15. Both were making their comeback from the COVID-19 protocol. Kevin Huerter had 16 points for Atlanta, Danilo Gallinari had 13 and Clint Capela had nine points with 11 rebounds.

–Field level media

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