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Hawks 114, Lakers 100

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ATLANTA -- The return of guard Kobe Bryant hasn't helped the Los Angeles Lakers' defense.

The Atlanta Hawks hit 11 3-pointers and pulled away from the Lakers in the second half for a 114-100 win Monday at Philips Arena.

In his fifth game since returning from an Achilles injury, Bryant struggled throughout the night. He had six assists and five turnovers in the point guard role and finished with eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. The Lakers (11-13) fell to 1-4 with Bryant on the court.

The Hawks (13-12) posted a season-high point total and took control in the third quarter against a short-handed Los Angeles team that ranks 29th in the NBA in points allowed. Los Angeles allowed an average of 108.8 points in Bryant's five games.

Atlanta guard Kyle Korver missed his first five 3-point attempts before hitting three in the third quarter to extend his NBA record streak to 94 games with at least one made 3-pointer. Korver's 3-pointers also ignited a 17-2 run that helped the Hawks erase a halftime deficit and led them to a 70-62 lead midway through the third quarter. Atlanta was on top 82-73 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks extended their lead to double digits early in the fourth quarter and were never seriously threatened.

Six Atlanta players scored in double figures, led by center Al Horford, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Paul Millsap added 18 point and nine rebounds.

The Lakers got off to a hot start, shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and jumping out to a 28-20 lead at the end of first quarter. They wore down in the second half.

Forward Nick Young provided a spark off the Lakers' bench, finishing with a team-high 23 points, and center Jordan Hill added 21 points.

The Hawks' second unit was able to cut into the Lakers' lead early in the second quarter, but Los Angeles took a 54-47 lead into halftime.

NOTES: Lakers G Kobe Bryant moved into sixth place on the NBA's all-time minutes list, passing Elvin Hayes. ... Los Angeles PGs Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake remain out with injuries, forcing Bryant into the point guard role for a fifth consecutive game. ... The Hawks recalled G Dennis Schroder from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. G Jared Cunningham was assigned to the Jam. ... The Lakers entered Monday's games leading the NBA in made 3-pointers per game at 10.0. ... Hawks PG Jeff Teague received a technical foul after expressing some frustration to an official while walking off the court at halftime. ... Hawks PF Gustavo Ayon missed his fourth straight game with ankle and leg injuries.
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