STRONG defense led by Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver's big third quarter was too much for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers who fell to the Hawks 114-100 Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).
Bryant, playing in only his fifth game since after coming back from a torn left Achilles tendon, finished with eight points on 4 of 14 shooting as he complained his left ankle "felt stiff".
"That's why I wanted to pick him up full-court, to get his legs tired," Carroll said. "His shots were falling short because his legs were tired."
Al Horford tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead six Atlanta players in double figures. Paul Millsap scored 18 points and Jeff Teague had 17 with 10 assists as the Hawks set season highs for points in a game and second half (67). Carroll had 13 but it was his defense of Bryant that he took pride in.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Jordan Hill scored 21, Xavier Henry added 18 and Pau Gasol chipped in 16.