LeBron, Monk, Bradley get A’s against the Hawks


The Los Angeles Lakers are four-game winning streak after beating the Atlanta Hawks, 134-118.

It was the first clash between the two teams this season, and Trae Young, John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic have all played after missing recent games.

It doesn’t matter, however, for the Lakers. Los Angeles scored at least 30 points each quarter and handled Atlanta’s fragile defense with ease. LA shot 50% overall, 41.5% from deep and 89.5% from the charity strip, generated a high of 37 assists (50 buckets made) and forced 15 turnovers while only spitting it eight times .

The Lakers executed the game plan on Young with flying colors, keeping the young scorcher 8 of 21 (1 of 7 deep). He scored 25 points because he went 8 out of 10 from the charity strip.

Four Lakers scored over 20 points, so here’s how the team ranked individually from a dominant win:

Looking at Russell Westbrook’s shooting numbers (4 of 14 FG, 1 of 3 FT, nine points) doesn’t exactly scream a passing score, but it was his ability to produce in other areas that stood out. . He didn’t need to score the ball too much because of the way his teammates played, although he shouldn’t have missed as many lay-ups as he did.

Still, he managed 13 assists and 12 rebounds and didn’t return the ball in the first half. His plus-22 rating was also the highest of any Lakers, so he was exceptional for making plays when his shot wasn’t falling.

There aren’t many words left to describe how Malik Monk is playing at the moment. He exploded for 29 points after hitting his first six trebles. He finished the night by shooting 11 of 20 overall, including a deep 7 of 12 clip after cooling off in the final leg of the second half. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to his stat sheet.

He also only has a minimum veteran contract, which makes this story even more thrilling. Another great game for Monk, who played a key role when LeBron James wasn’t aggressive at first.

Avery Bradley had 13 points in the first quarter which marked a career high for him. He finished with 21 points on an effective 8-of-11 night, including a downtown 4-of-7 clip. He also took six rebounds. Bradley also did a phenomenal job chasing Young on defense and making him work twice as hard to get a shot or pass.

Bradley’s contract was secured earlier today and he ended the day with an excellent performance.

Stanley Johnson returned after being signed on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings. He played 20 minutes and had three points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, which was a chase from behind. His energy and momentum returned to give the Lakers additional possessions, and his only points came from a transition and a mark.

LeBron now has nine 30-point games in his last 10 appearances. After a slow start where he didn’t exert energy with his downhill presence, he flipped the switch in the fourth quarter and at one point scored nine points in a row. He finished with 32 of 13 of 24 shots, but only shot 1 of 6 from deep. He added nine assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a brilliant overall effort. Collins was the player James stripped on multiple occasions.

Talen Horton-Tucker played 31 minutes off the bench and delivered another strong offensive performance. After scoring 19 points in a decisive game against the Sacramento Kings, Horton-Tucker lost 18 points on 7 of 13 shots while making all six free throws. He posted five cents and two interceptions as well as a few dunks of highlight material.

The 21-year-old combo guard is playing with a ton of confidence right now, and the Lakers have seen their investment in the youngster pay off as of late. LA needs her game to continue.

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. He shot 5 of 10 overall and 4 of 7 from the baseline in 28 minutes, so he did what LA needed him to do.

Austin Reaves played 18 minutes, and although he missed his two 3s, he put on a great defensive display, especially when Young chased him on shifts. Reaves held on and finished with a plus 10 on the evening.

Trevor Ariza played 12 minutes on the bench and was the last Laker to get spinning minutes throughout the game. However, he forced two contested 3s and missed both, so there weren’t many bright spots in his game. The only one was his pass in transition when he chose not to take all three, put the ball to the ground and gave it to his guard for a layup.

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