ATLANTA, GA.—The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-116, on Wednesday, November 2.
Former Atlanta Hawks player Lou Williams led the Lakers while coming off of the bench, scoring 18 points against his former team, including 16 in the final quarter. The victory marked the first road win of the season for Los Angeles, who are now 2-3 on the season.
Los Angeles bounced back from Tuesday’s poor shooting performance against the Indiana Pacers, making 48 of 89 field goal attempts including 9 of 22 from three-point range. Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, who has lost several close matchups to start the season.
“We’re just learning,” said Young. “We’ve pretty much been in every game. It was bound to go our way one of these nights.”
Atlanta is now 3-1 after allowing the Lakers to score a season high 123 points, including 72 points in the second half. Atlanta’s Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was clearly not happy with his team’s defensive effort in the win.
“You can’t ever feel good if you give up that kind of offense in two consecutive quarters,” said Budenholzer after the game.
Former Lakers Center Dwight Howard led all scorers with a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points off of the bench for Atlanta, making 8 of 10 field goal attempts, including five three pointers.
D’Angelo Russell finished the night with 23 points and 8 assists in the win, but continued to struggle from the field with only nine baskets in 19 attempts. Luol Deng managed a double-double for the Lakers with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Larry Nance Jr. scored 14 points and hauled in 7 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points for Los Angeles on an efficient 7-12 from the field.
Starting Center Timofey Mozgov did not play in the game for Los Angeles, sitting out with a swollen left eye after suffering a serious contusion in Tuesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. Rookie Ivica Zubac started in place of Mozgov, making the first start of his NBA career and scoring 6 points in the win.
The Lakers will face Steph Curry and the Warriors in their next game on Friday, November 4.