The Los Angeles Lakers finally snapped their nine game losing streak, delivering a blowout 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Sure, it took playing the worst team in the NBA to finally notch a victory, but the Lakers needed the morale boost and played well through the entire game.
Atlanta did get out to an early lead, but the Lakers quickly erased it. The 28-0 lead they held in fastbreak points at halftime paint a fairly concise picture as to how well things were going once the ball started rolling for LA.
Everything went the Lakers’ way once they found that momentum. They shot 44.4 percent from outside, draining 16 of their 36 attempts. Compared to their league-worst 32.4 percent average from beyond the arc, that’s a huge swing that just-so-happened to go in the Lakers’ favor.
The Lakers ended the game with 42 fastbreak points, the most they’ve scored as a team dating back to 2001. That’s one way to barrel your way out of a funk and into a W.
Brook Lopez was the only starter who didn’t finish in double-digits scoring, but he did provide some big defensive plays early on. The Lakers were blocking and poking away possessions from the Hawks to get out on the break, and Lopez was a big part of that. He finished the night with four steals and two blocks.
Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 20 points on an efficient six-of-seven shooting, dishing out seven assists to cap off a solid all-around night. Jordan Clarkson poured in 18 points off the bench, draining three of his four outside attempts. Lonzo Ball had his usual stat-stuffed game, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds and six assists.
It was the best effort we’ve seen from the Lakers in what feels like an eternity, notching their first home win since Nov 21. They’ll be back in action against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and hopefully they can keep some positive vibes alive after a smooth victory.