Atlanta 114, L.A. Lakers 108
ATLANTA, Feb. 7 (Ticker) --
For the second time in as many days, the
Los Angeles Lakers fell a little bit short on a comeback
The Lakers nearly erased a 29-point deficit against the Atlanta
Hawks, who got 26 points from Antoine Walker and a season-high
25 from Tony Delk
as they held on for a 114-108 victory.
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Los Angeles has lost three in a row. It rallied from a 16-point
fourth-quarter deficit at Houston on Sunday but suffered a
The Hawks never trailed, starting the game with a 14-0 burst.
Behind 11 first-quarter points by rookie Josh Childress
held a 48-19 lead with 8:46 left in the second quarter.
Childress collected his first career double-double, recording
season highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers stormed back in the second half behind Lamar Odom
who scored a season-high 28 points, and reserve Tierre Brown
who added 13 of his career-best 27 in the fourth quarter. They
closed to 98-97 with 3:19 remaining on a 3-pointer by Chucky Atkins
, who scored 25 points.
But on the Hawks' next two possessions, Walker connected on a
jumper and hit a cutting Boris Diaw
, who dunked to push the lead
back to 102-97. Delk sealed the victory by hitting eight free
throws in the final minute.