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Lakers vs. Hawks final score: Lakers win 114-109 in Nick Young's return

The Lakers held on late but nearly let a 17-point lead slip away.

The Los Angeles Lakers won their second game of the season in a 114-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Nick Young's return went smoothly, and the Lakers held on late after Atlanta charged in the second half. The Hawks had a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime, but Pero Antic missed a three-point attempt, and the Lakers escaped with a win.

The Lakers led by as many as 17 points, but the Hawks started the third quarter with a big run. Los Angeles seemed to be hanging on by a thread from early in the third until the final buzzer sounded. Kobe Bryant helped seal the game in the fourth quarter while notching his 32,000th career-point along the way. Kobe ended the night with 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

Young's season debut was a smashing success. He immediately got back to his scoring ways off the bench, tallying up 17 points in 27 minutes. He provided the kind of floor spacing the Lakers have sorely missed this season, making two of his four three-point attempts. It wasn't all smooth, as he put up a few errant jumpers and missed a pair of key free throws late, but he didn't look like someone who missed all of preseason and the first 10 games.

Carlos Boozer had an efficient night, making 10 of his 14 shots for 20 points. Jordan Hill finished with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) as did Jeremy Lin (15 points, 10 assists).

It wasn't pretty for the Lakers, who nearly let a huge lead slip through their fingers, but a win is a win, and those have have been hard to come by this season. Los Angeles is back in action against the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Enjoy the win, and enjoy Swaggy P's return.

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