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Hawks Vs. Lakers: Atlanta Opens Trip With 86-78 Loss In Los Angeles

Pau Gasol finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 86-78.

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Hawks Vs. Lakers Final Score: Atlanta Falls In Los Angeles 86-78

The Atlanta Hawks put up a fight but opened their five-game road trip with a 86-78 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Atlanta trailed by just one at halftime but offensive struggles plagued them throughout the second half. The Lakers' length bothered Atlanta throughout the game as they had many opportunities that they were unable to cash in at point blank range.

Atlanta could only account for 10 points in the third quarter enabling the Lakers to extend their halftime lead to eight. Los Angeles was able to keep Atlanta at arms length in the second half behind the play of Pau Gasol.

Jeff Teague finished with 18 points and three steals to lead the Hawks. Joe Johnson became the seventh Hawks player in franchise history to score 10,000 points finishing with 15 in the game. Johnson also added five assists and three rebounds. Josh Smith scored 13 of his 15 in the first half and aded nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks to his line.

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to score 35 points and grab 28 rebounds for the Lakers. Metta World Piece and rookie Andrew Goudelock added 10 points each. Kobe Bryant was held to a season-low 10 points on just 5-18 shooting.

Atlanta falls to 18-11 on the season and has now lost two games in a row. The Hawks won't have much time to think about this loss as they are right back on the court tomorrow night in Phoenix.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Lakers fans should check out Silver Screen And Roll. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Hawks Vs. Lakers Score: Atlanta Hanging Tough In L.A. Trailing 42-41 At Halftime

For whatever reason the Atlanta Hawks look much more comfortable on the road than they do at home these days. Atlanta trails the Los Angeles Lakers 42-41 at halftime at Staples Center after answering back from an early Lakers advantage.

Atlanta struggled early on to contain Los Angeles' twin towers in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Zaza Pachulia got the start for the Hawks at center but was pretty ineffective leading Larry Drew to turn to the newly acquired Erick Dampier midway through the first quarter. Dampier ended up playing 12 minutes in the first half and both he and Josh Smith were able to slow down the Lakers parade into the paint.

An 11-0 run late gave the Hawks a brief lead before Metta World Peace drained a three just before the halftime buzzer to put the Lakers back on top. Josh Smith was everywhere in the first half with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to hit two three-pointers for six points at the break. Marvin Williams was solid on the boards grabbing a team-high six in the first half.

Andrew Bynum did most of his damage early scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Pau Gasol has nine points and six boards but is just 4-14 from the field. Joe Johnson did a good job on Kobe Bryant in the first half holding him to just two points on 1-10 shooting. Despite the Lakers height advantage up front, L.A. only has a 25-24 advantage in rebounding in the first half.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Lakers fans should check out Silver Screen And Roll. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Jason Collins Injury: Hawks Center On Road Trip But Unlikely To Play

Injured Hawks center Jason Collins is with the club on as they begin their five-game road trip in Los Angeles but is unlikely to play on the trip according to a report by Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham.

Jason Collins (elbow) has joined the team here but Larry Drew said it's doubtful he will play on the trip. That means there's a pretty good chance Erick Dampier will stick around for a second 10-day contract.

Atlanta added Dampier with the hope that he could provide some much needed size to the Atlanta front court. Dampier checked in midway through the first quarter of Tuesday's game against the Lakers as the Hawks scrambled to try to matchup with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Collins told Cunningham that his elbow was feeling better and that he would see his doctor on Wednesday.

For more on Jason Collins injury and the Atlanta Hawks be sure to check out Peachtree Hoops. For more NBA news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Hawks Vs. Lakers Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Hawks will seek refuge on the road from their recent home struggles when they open a five-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night.

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