Hawks get balanced scoring in trampling Lakers 106-77
LOS ANGELES (AP) First, Atlanta disrupted the Los Angeles Lakers defensively. Then the Hawks got their offense going, and it was all too overwhelming for the undermanned Lakers.
Reserve Dennis Schroder led six players in double figures with 16 points and the Hawks won 106-77 Friday night for their first season sweep of Los Angeles since 1973-74.
Kyle Korver made all four of his 3-pointers for 15 points and Kris Humphries added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench in his Hawks debut. Jeff Teague had 12 points, Paul Millsap 11 and Kent Bazemore 10. The Hawks have held four straight opponents under 40-percent shooting for the first time since Dec. 7-20, 1996.
''I felt like our focus was there the whole game. Finishing fourth quarters out is something we're trying to get better at when we have leads,'' Millsap said. ''We were able to get a big lead and it started with our defense. We got out and ran, got steals and got rebounds. That's our style of basketball.''
Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without their top three scorers in losing their second straight and 10th in 11 games.
''You're just searching the whole night for someone with consistency,'' Lakers coach Bryon Scott said. ''Going into the game we knew it was going to be very tough.''
Brandon Bass added 12 points off the bench for the Lakers. D'Angelo Russell's streak of four straight games with 20 or more points ended when he finished with seven points on 3-of-16 shooting. Russell scored 39 points against Brooklyn on Tuesday.
''He just came off a big night, so we wanted to get the ball out of his hands,'' Millsap said. ''Our pick-and-roll defense was pretty much trapping him, making him get rid of the ball and make the other guys make plays.''
Los Angeles fans began chanting Kobe Bryant's name in the closing minutes, but he was nursing a sore right shoulder and wasn't around.
Korver and Bazemore hit consecutive 3s and Humphries made three straight free throws during a 9-0 run in the fourth that pushed Atlanta's lead to 22 points.
''When you start making 3s and then transitioning quickly, then you're scoring and getting stops, then getting another one on top of it, it can add up quickly,'' Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said.
The Lakers shot 34 percent for the game and never got under double-digits in the second half. They closed within 13 in the third when the Hawks went on a 9-2 run that stretched their lead to 69-49. Horford dunked twice, including on a backward pass from Bazemore, Millsap dunked and Thabo Sefolosha capped it with a 3-pointer.
''We just struggled to put the ball in the hole,'' Randle said. ''We got some good looks, but it got to a point where we were really stagnant. We had to force shots up.''
The Lakers couldn't stop the Hawks in transition, either, with Atlanta scoring off Anthony Brown's missed 3 and Russell's turnover during its outburst. The Hawks owned a 27-2 edge in fast-break points.
The Hawks put the game out of reach in the second quarter, closing with a 15-2 run to lead 54-36 at halftime. Humphries scored eight points and hit one of the Hawks' three 3-pointers in the spurt.
''He's very strong and he brings a physicality to the game,'' Millsap said. ''He knows how to play, and he'll fit in with our team.''
Hawks: Humphries signed with the team as a free agent on Tuesday. ... Horford has hit 17 straight free throws. He needs 10 rebounds to reach 5,000 in his career. ... The Hawks' last sweep of the Lakers was four games in 1973-74. ... They improved to 7-6 against the West.
Lakers: Bryant, who is averaging 16.8 points, has missed three of the last four games because of his shoulder. ... Starting G Jordan Clarkson, who averages 15.6 points, was out with a patella tendon strain. ''My fear is putting him back out there when he's not a hundred percent,'' Scott said. ... Reserve G Lou Williams, averaging 15.3 points, was out with a mild left hamstring strain. ... F Larry Nance Jr. returned from a sore right knee.
With Bryant's career ticking down, he isn't always in attendance when he's not playing. Scott said there's no definitive plan regarding whether Bryant is at Staples Center or at home in Orange County.
''A lot of times he stays home to get treatment and he's resting,'' the coach said.
Fans who bought tickets specifically to see Bryant in his final season leave disappointed when he's not on the bench.
''He understands that as well and is very sympathetic to that,'' Scott said.
Hawks: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Lakers: Host Golden State on Sunday.