Hawks defeat Lakers in another close game

The Los Angeles Lakers were down 15 at one point to the Atlanta Hawks. And as they have been against so many other teams, they were able to come back and take the lead. Unfortunately, this time they couldn’t hold on. The Hawks took a late lead and held on for the 96-92 win.

Usually Kobe Bryant’s late game heroics are more than enough. This time, Bryant’s tired legs couldn’t propel the Lakers to another win. Kobe played the first half with a three point, one for eight performance with his team being down 12 at the half. At the beginning of the third quarter, the Black Mamba turn on and scored 20 points. Kobe was unable to finish the fourth quarter strong as he wanted to, finishing with 31 points on a poor night shooting, 11 for 33 with seven rebounds and 5 assists, according to NBA.com.

Atlanta usually struggles against good teams. Wednesday night, they were able to turn their recent fortunes around and come away with a win. Winning for just the second time in eight games, Atlanta snaps a three game losing streak on the shoulders of Devin Harris who scored 17 points and Ivan Johnson who hit a key field goal in the final moments. The Hawks bench scored 46 points, stepping up for the team while injured starters Josh Smith and Jeff Teague sat out.

Lakers’ big man Dwight Howard who came off a 39 point game while tying an NBA record for most free throws shot in a game, secured a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds but played less minutes than usual because of foul trouble. Steve Nash struggled shooting going four of 14 with 10 points while dishing 7 assists. Metta World Peace added 20 points on nine of 19 shots from the field.

Lakers play again this Friday at Indiana.