Lakers lose yet another road game, falling to Atlanta
Atlanta Hawks 109, Lakers 92 (final)
The goal the Lakers have of winning 60 games or more this season is becoming more and more difficult.
That's because the Lakers can't seem to win on the road. They suffered another loss, this time to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Wednesday.
The Lakers went 2-3 on this five-game trip -- not exactly what they had in mind when they left Los Angeles.
The Lakers are 5-7 in their last 12 road games. They went 0-3 earlier this month on the road. The Lakers are 54-21 for the season.
They have seven regular-season games left to turn things around before the playoffs start.
The game got intense Tuesday when Ron Artest and Maurice Evans exchanged shoves and pushes and were given double-technical fouls with 11:00 left in the game.
Artest ran toward Evans after the encounter but was stopped before anything else happened.
The Lakers didn't respond, but the Hawks did, scoring twice after that to open an 84-66 lead.
Later in the quarter, Jamal Crawford was called for a flagrant foul for taking down Pau Gasol with 8:59 left.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Atlanta