After a terrible game against the Warriors Sunday evening, Jeremy Lin bounces back in a total-team effort to put away the Hawks, en route to Los Angeles’ second win of the season. The Harvard product registered 15 points, 10 assists and 2 steals to set the tone offensively for the Lakers, who benefited from the return of Nick Young from his injury.
The star forward finished with 17 points and 5 boards in his season debut.
Meanwhile, it was another Kobe Bryant show for the Lakers, who scored 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting.
The ‘Black Mamba’ had plenty of help from the Lakers’ frontline Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill who combined for 38 points and 20 boards. For the Hawks, Paul Millsap led the way with his 29 points, together with game-high 4 steals and 2 blocks.
He did have his support from Jeff Teague with 23, Al Horford with 15, and Thabo Sefolosha with 10, but no other player scored in double figures for Atlanta, who dropped to 5-5, losing their first home game of the season.
The Lakers started well this time around, draining 61 percent of their shots in the first half, en route their biggest output for a half in this season, 67. Los Angeles’ success in the offensive end caused the big lead at the half, where Atlanta failed to recover.
While the Hawks opened a 13-0 bomb in the second half, it was not enough to overtake the Lakers, who still shot decently in the next two quarters. With only a few seconds left, Bryant missed a shot, but Jordan Hill grabbed the offensive board and put it in to increase their lead to 5, 111-106 with 17.7 seconds remaining. It was a tough win for the Lakers, who snapped its four-game losing skid.
Hopefully, they continue to hit shots early in the game to increase their chances of making it in the playoffs in a competitive Western conference.