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Third Quarter Outburst by Korver and Hawks Spells Doom for Kobe and Lakers

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Thanks in large part to a huge third quarter team effort, the now 13-12 Atlanta Hawks were able to best the 11-13 Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers Monday Night 114-100.

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Al Horford led the Hawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds, but he certainly didn’t win the game by himself. Six different Hawks, including all five starters, scored at least 11 points to help Atlanta win their 9th home game of the season.

It wasn’t just scoring by the Hawks, but the good defense they played. Looking at the plus-minus numbers of the game, all nine Hawks players finished the game in the positive column. On the flip side, there wasn’t one Laker who finished the night with positive points. The “best” as far was forward Shawne Williams, who finished with 0 in the plus-minus.

Going into the halftime, Los Angeles held a 54-47 lead. Kyle Korver, who had 0 points in the first half, finally remembered how to shoot. Korver made 4 of his 6 shots in the quarter, including three from downtown, scoring all 11 points in the quarter. As a team, Atlanta outscored the Lakers 35-19 in the third quarter to take a 82-73 lead going into the final quarter.

Kobe Bryant playing in his fifth game this season had to fill in as point guard again. It didn’t seem to make a difference as Kobe’s stat line was very unimpressive: 32 minutes, 6 assists and five turnovers.

Bryant simply couldn’t get in the scoring groove, going just 4-14 from the field including 0-5 from 3 point land and zero made free throws. He finished with 8 points, the third time in five games this season Black Mamba has been unable to score in the double digits.

The Hawks stay at Philips Arena where they take on the 7-15 Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm EST.

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