NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Atlanta
(Monday, February 7th)
Final Score: Atlanta 114, LA Lakers 108
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Antoine Walker scored a team-high 26 points and made several crucial plays late in the game as the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 114-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who remain winless since the unexpected resignation of former coach Rudy Tomjanovich.
Walker packed 13 of his points into the second half and added nine rebounds for Atlanta, which won for just the third time in its last 13 games.
Tony Delk contributed 25 points, including eight consecutive free throws in the final minute of the game, to keep the Hawks ahead after they almost squandered a 29-point first-half lead.
Josh Childress recorded the first double-double of his career with a season- high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Donta Smith chipped in with 11 points for the Hawks.
"That was fun, a tremendous effort from everybody," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "Our young guys stepped in and played an unbelievable game. Looking at Childress' numbers, 19 and 11, he was tremendous. I thought our bench was great. Donta Smith hadn't really played any all year. He stepped in and gave us a big lift as well."
Atlanta played without forward Al Harrington, who was placed on the injured list prior to the game Monday. Harrington was averaging 17.1 points a game, but has been bothered by tendinitis in his right knee. The Hawks activated Kenny Anderson, who started the game and finished with five points in 19 minutes.
The Hawks were also without two other starters as rookie Josh Smith was out with a sprained ankle and guard Tyronn Lue sat with a strained left Achilles' tendon.
Leading the Lakers, who have dropped three consecutive games, was Lamar Odom with a game-high 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
Tierre Brown came off the bench to record a career-high 27 points, Chucky Atkins netted 25 points and Brian Cook had 13 off the bench for LA.
Los Angeles has not won since Tomjanovich walked away from the team due to health concerns. Interim coach Frank Hamblen is now 0-3 at the helm of the Lakers, who also played without All-Star Kobe Bryant. Without Bryant, who is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break due to a severely sprained ankle, the Lakers have posted a 5-7 mark.
After trailing by 29 points in the first half, Los Angeles cut the deficit to 79-69 heading into the final 12 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers continued to whittle the Hawks' advantage away and following a three-pointer by Cook, LA was within two, 96-94 with 3:56 remaining. After a Smith floater pushed the lead to four, Atkins hit a three-pointer from the baseline to bring the Lakers within one point, 98-97.
But Walker answered with a turnaround jump shot and assisted on a Boris Diaw dunk as the Hawks reclaimed a five-point lead with less than two minutes to play.
The teams traded baskets before Odom hit 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to four points, which is as close as LA would get the rest of the way as Delk hit eight free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
"It definitely was an exciting game, I thought we just kept fighting," Delk said. "They made a run, and good teams in this league are going to make runs. Being up that many points, we knew they were going to come back and fight back hard. They played extremely well but I thought we passed the ball well and played good defense. We played as a team tonight."
Atlanta dominated this game in the first half as Los Angeles missed its first eight field goal attempts and the Hawks raced to a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. The Hawks hit 14-of-their-23 first quarter field goal attempts en route to a 31-15 advantage.
On the strength of a 10-0 burst, which featured a pair of three-pointers from Delk, Atlanta stretched its lead to 41-15 early in the second quarter. The Hawks' lead ballooned to as many as 29 before Atlanta went into halftime ahead, 62-45.
The 62 points represent the most Atlanta has scored in a first half this season.
"We came out great in the first half, moved real well and it was finally good to make a team play catch-up on us," Walker said.
Los Angeles made a third-quarter push, cutting the deficit to 79-69 heading into the final 12 minutes.
"We can't go out," Brown said, "and dig ourselves the type of hole we did, and take five minutes to score and get down almost 30 and decide that we're going to play good basketball. It's difficult to comeback, but we had a chance to tie the, yet we could never make that big stop."
Atlanta has lost three of five and four of its last seven home games...The Hawks are 8-18 at Philips Arena this season...Los Angeles is in the midst of a five-game road trip...The Lakers are 7-12 on the road this season and have lost six of their last eight road tilts...Los Angeles registered a 106-90 victory over the Hawks at the Staples Center on Nov. 7...LA has won nine of 14 against Atlanta...Predrag Drobnjak left the game in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on the foot of an LA player. He was helped off the court and into the locker room and did not return...Odom attempted a career-high 20 free throws.
02/07 23:43:53 ET