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Lakers vs. Hawks: Lakers win eighth game in a row

March 8, 2011 |  3:51 pm

Lakers 101, Hawks 87 (final)

The Lakers equaled their longest winning streak of the season by dominating at both ends of the court Tuesday at Philips Arena.

Kobe Bryant had 26 points, Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the Lakers held Atlanta to 39.8% shooting.

Bryant passed Moses Malone for sixth on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He now has 27,423 career points. Malone had 27,409. Shaquille O'Neal is fifth at 28,590.

The Lakers hadn't won in Atlanta since February 2007.

Lakers 81, Hawks 65 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers continued to score at will, with five players in double figures through three quarters.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points. Andrew Bynum had 12 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes.

The Lakers' defense also played well, holding the Hawks to 39.3% shooting.

Lakers 57, Hawks 49 (halftime)

Kobe Bryant had 15 first-half points, 11 in the second quarter, as the Lakers shot 58.1% in the first half.

Bryant passed passed Mose Malone for sixth on NBA's all-time scoring list. Bryant now has 27,412 points. Malone had 27,409.

Lamar Odom had 10 points and Pau Gasol had eight.

Al HorfordJosh Smith and Joe Johnson each had 11 points for the Hawks.

The Lakers have lost their last three games in Atlanta.

Lakers 29, Hawks 25 (end of first quarter)

The Lakers continued to score points with ease, making 63.6% of their shots in the first quarter Tuesday at Philips Arena.

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum each had six points. The problem for the Lakers: the Hawks shot 60%. Al Horford had nine points and three rebounds in the quarter for Atlanta.

The Lakers (45-19) are going for their eighth consecutive victory.

Pregame

Kobe Bryant steps up to almost every challenge, fearless of nobody in the NBA.

But he's had some tough times against Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson, said Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who doesn't want to see Bryant get lost in a one-on-one showdown against the Hawks' All-Star on Tuesday night.

"We have to be really careful about those kind of things tonight in this game tonight," Jackson said before Tuesday's game. "He is aware of it. I think it was two years ago, Kobe dribbled the ball off his knee and it was a backcourt violation down the stretch of the game. That was one of those situations where Joe's length and strength is very effective against Kobe."

The Lakers have lost their last three games in Atlanta.

--Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Atlanta


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