Lakers show off depth, beat Hawks, 123-104
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 27, 2018 11:01 AM
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) pulls down a rebound against Atlanta Hawks' John Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore
By Charles Odum, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Ingram had 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading nine Los Angeles scorers in double figures, and the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-104 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) for their third straight win.
Julius Randle added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers overcame 23 turnovers to keep their lead in double figures through the second half.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored a season-high 34 points in a 113-108 win over the Kings on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time), had 14 rebounds but was held to 10 points while making only 4-of-12 shots — including a three-pointer in the final minute. The Lakers' scoring depth easily compensated for Caldwell-Pope's cold shooting.
The Lakers had eight players score in double figures in a 132-113 home win over the Hawks on Jan. 7 (Jan. 8, PHL time).
Taurean Prince had 24 points in Atlanta's fourth straight loss. Dennis Schroder added 20 points.
Before the game, the Hawks announced they requested waivers on veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova. It was another step to clear playing time for younger players, including rookie John Collins, who started. Atlanta released veteran guard Marco Belinelli in a similar move on Feb. 9 (Feb. 10, PHL time).
The Hawks, who began the night one-half game behind Phoenix in the race for the NBA's worst record, appear to be bound for one of the top picks in the next draft. They can hope for an immediate impact similar to what's been provided by Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, two of five rookies on the Lakers' roster.
Ball had 13 points and Kuzma had 10.
The Hawks struggled to defend Ingram, a second-year player, who scored six consecutive points in the third quarter. After scoring on two straight drives to the basket, Ingram stole the ball from Schroder, scored and was fouled by Taurean Prince. Ingram missed the free throw after Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called a timeout.
Minutes later, Ingram dunked over Mike Muscala, who was called for a foul. This time, Ingram completed the three-point play.
The Lakers overcame 14 first-half turnovers by making 10-of-18 three's to lead 64-46 at the break. For the game, they made 15-of-33 three's.
Lakers: Ball logged 24 minutes off the bench as he continues to play under a minutes cap in his return from a left knee injury that caused him to miss 15 games. Ball was held out of Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) win over the Kings after playing 17 minutes on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) against Dallas. ... The Lakers scored the first seven points of each half. ... Josh Hart scored 14 points. Isaiah Thomas had 13. Brook Lopez had 11 and Ivica Zubac had 10. ... Los Angeles claimed a 59-41 advantage in rebounds.
Hawks: F DeAndre Bembry (abdominal strain) and G Malcolm Delaney (right knee strain) were held out. Budenholzer said Delaney is "close" to playing. ... F Miles Plumlee, in his sixth year, is the team's most experienced player following the release of Ilyasova. ... Isaiah Taylor had 16 points off the bench.
Lakers: Visit the Heat on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Hawks: Host the Pacers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).