Trae Young scored 36 points, sparking the Atlanta Hawks to a seventh consecutive victory, this one a 129-121 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, January 30 (Monday, January 31, Manila time).
Young was 12-of-22 from the floor and hit 4 three-pointers, including a decisive long-range bomb with 53.1 seconds left that capped another Atlanta fourth-quarter rally.
The Lakers led by 11 early in the fourth quarter after Malik Monk’s 3-pointer made it 104-93, but Atlanta answered with a 14-2 run, taking the lead on a three-pointer from Lou Williams with 7:27 remaining. The game was tied at 121 with 1:52 remaining but the Hawks scored the 8 eight points of the game and Bogdan Bogdanovic iced it with two free throws with 17.1 left.
Young also had 12 assists in the game as Atlanta also got 20 points and 11 rebounds from John Collins and 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting off the bench from Onyeka Okongwu. Clint Capela had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Bogdanovic added 10 off the bench.
The loss ruined a season-high 33-point performance by Monk, who made a season-high 8 triples and had 10 rebounds after missing Friday’s game in Charlotte with a strained groin. Monk scored 29 against the Hawks in their first meeting, which the Lakers won 134-118 on January 7.
The Lakers also got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Anthony Davis, who was back in the lineup Sunday after missing a game with wrist soreness. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 12 assists.
The Lakers were playing without LeBron James, who missed his third consecutive game (all defeats) because of left knee soreness. James was not at the game, returning to Los Angeles to have the knee examined.
The Lakers led 71-62 at halftime, their highest scoring first half of the season. Los Angeles shot 71.4% (30-of-42) from the floor and Monk scored 19, including a last-second three-pointer to complete a 17-6 run. Davis had 18 points in the first half.
The Hawks are right back in action Monday at home against the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers are off until they host Portland on Wednesday. – Rappler.com