L.A. Lakers 113, Atlanta 67
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant
and the Los Angeles Lakers
took out their recent frustrations on the Atlanta Hawks and
snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.
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Bryant scored 26 points as the Lakers cruised to a 113-67 rout
of the Hawks, their first win since superstar Shaquille O'Neal
O'Neal is expected to miss at least the next two games because
of a strained right calf. The Lakers also are without star
forward Karl Malone
, who is on the injured list for the first
time in his career.
Against the lowly Hawks, O'Neal and Malone were not missed. Los
Angeles held Atlanta scoreless for nearly five minutes, racing
to a 14-0 lead.
"We changed some things defensively and offensively that we
ordinarily wouldn't do with Shaq and Karl in the lineup," Bryant
said. "It helped us out tonight and we really did a number on
them defensively. We realy held them down."
"I think they came out with a fury and played that ballgame with
the intensity to the game that is necessary to win," Lakers
coach Phil Jackson
The Lakers outscored the Hawks 34-7 in the opening quarter and
led 57-28 at halftime.
"We were really active cutting off lanes and being aggressive,"
Bryant said. "We were on the ball, boxing guys out, limiting
them to one shot and then getting out on the break."
The Hawks never got back in the game and was a basket away from
the worst loss in Atlanta history, trailing only a 132-85 loss
to Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 1982.
"Any time you take a whuppin' like that it's obviously
disappointing," Hawks center Theo Ratliff
said. "You know we didn't really come out and play
scored a career-high 26 points for the Lakers, while his 11 rebounds equaled a career best. Medvedenko nearly topped his previous career high of 18 in the first half, when he had 16 and 10 boards.
"I felt like I can score and that I should tonight," Medvedenko
said. "It felt really good."
and Bryon Russell
were the only other Lakers to
reach double figures with 11 points apiece. The Hawks' total
was a season low for a Lakers opponent.
scored 13 points for Atlanta, which fell to 2-3
on its six-game road trip.
"We didn't come to play, they lost a couple of games and jumped
on us early and we were never able to get back into the game,"
Atlanta forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim
was just 2-of-4 for seven
points. The Hawks were outrebounded 45-29 and committed 20