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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Hawks – Game 49 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (24-25)  |  Atlanta Hawks (20-27)

 

Tuesday night from the A as it was the Lakers vs Hawks. The Lakers had a lackluster performance in Atlanta and got ran out of the gym in a 138-122 loss to the Hawks. 

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Atlanta Hawks without superstar big man Anthony Davis on Tuesday night.

Davis is set to miss his third game of the season after aggravating a groin injury during Monday’s loss to the Houston Rockets, a game in which he sat the entire fourth quarter. Now the Lakers will have to make do without the man who has arguably been their best player this season.

The pressure was on LeBron James to set the tone as the leader of this Lakers team. The most important thing will be simply to come out with the proper energy from the moment the ball goes up. The Lakers have too often come out looking uninterested and it puts them in a hole that they have to spend the rest of the night climbing out of. With no Davis, that simply wasn’t the case.

There were plenty of storylines in this one, namely the D’Angelo Russell and Dejounte Murray matchup given all the recent trade rumors. The Lakers, without Davis due to a groin injury, lost to the Hawks 138-122 in a game in which the Lakers showed poor effort on the defense.

 

Lakers vs Hawks First Quarter:

 

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Even without Davis, the Lakers got off to a solid start as LeBron James and Austin Reaves were attacking the basket to give their team an early 12-6 lead. Murray got going from there though, giving his team a 20-18 lead and forcing a Lakers timeout.

The Hawks’ run continued from there as the Lakers struggled to take care of the ball, allowing Atlanta to get out in transition. With Reaves being the only Lakers player to get going offensively, the Hawks led 36-29 at the end of the first.

The Lakers made just 14 of their 25 free-throw attempts for their season-worst free-throw percentage. They missed four of their first five attempts at the foul line to begin the fourth quarter.

You definitely need to step up and make your free throws,” Coach Darvin Ham said.

 

Lakers vs Hawks 2nd Quarter:

 

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James helped get the Lakers back on track offensively at the beginning of the second with his passing, finding guys like Christian Wood and Jarred Vanderbilt for easy dunks. The Lakers really struggled with their outside shots though, which allowed the Hawks to steadily build their lead.

While Reaves and James tried to get their team going with a big alley-oop, the Lakers still struggled to get stops and shoot from outside so they went into the halftime locker room trailing 67-56.

That’s what they’re capable of doing,” James said. “We had some chances but every time we made a run they were able to come back. They’d go on like a 6-0 run, 8-0 run, whatever the case may be. We got down close to 10 in that fourth quarter and then boom, boom, boom, they went back up.

 

Lakers vs Hawks 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Hawks began the third quarter on a 6-0 run to extend their lead, forcing a quick Lakers timeout.

With the Lakers’ deficit ballooning to 20, something needed to change and fast. So naturally, James went into attack mode to try to get his team back in it. Russell also finally got going with a triple, the problem was that the Lakers were playing no defense and the Hawks were making them pay.

The Lakers finally started to make a run late in the third though with Rui Hachimura and Reaves connecting from deep. It was all for naught though as the Hawks immediately answered and still led comfortably 103-88 at the end of the third.

 

Lakers vs Hawks 4th Quarter:

 

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L.A. began the quarter with five straight points to quickly get the deficit back to 10. Hachimura was definitely doing his part, scoring from all three levels for the Lakers.

As was the case all night though, the Lakers could never get over the hump as the Hawks had an answer for every run. Trae Young and Murray led the way in the backcourt, and the Hawks were ultimately able to cruise to the 138-122 victory over the Lakers.

We gotta figure out how to give more resistance defensively with those first and third quarters,” Ham said. “When you start out trying to build a foundation for the game on that side of the ball, which if you’re good on that side of the ball, it can carry you through some bad or unforeseen circumstances offensively. It allows you to get a rhythm offensively when you’re good defensively and it creates some easy offense.”

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will now head to Boston to take on the Celtics on Thursday, February 1st, at 4:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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