Anthony Davis scored 25 points and LeBron James dominated down the stretch as the Los Angeles Lakers closed out a nearly two-week trip with a 107-99 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
The Lakers took control with a 16-0 run bookended around the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth.
Atlanta rallied, closing to 98-97 on Trae Young’s 3-pointer. But James responded with a 3 of his own from the top of the key, came up with a huge block at the other end on Clint Capela, and finished off the Hawks with a layup off a pass Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
James tacked on four straight free throws to seal the win. He concluded with 21 points after managing only nine through the first three quarters. Young led the Hawks with 25 points and 16 assists.
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Los Angeles went 5-2 while playing seven road matches in 12 days, certainly looking like the fresher team in the closing minutes versus the Hawks.
Atlanta appeared to be taking control, ripping off eight straight points late in the third for a 76-70 lead. But the Lakers stifled that run, scoring the final five points of the period, and followed with an 11-0 outburst to start the fourth quarter.
James and Kyle Kuzma hit 3-pointers and Alex Caruso finished off the run with a dunk, pushing the Lakers to the first double-digit lead for either team to that point.
In a brutal start to the fourth, the Hawks missed three consecutive shots, Danilo Gallinari committed two turnovers, and Bruno Fernando was whistled for an offensive foul. Davis went 10 of 14 from the field for the Lakers. Montrezl Harrell added 19 points, while James had nine assists.
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