February 27, 2018, 1:55 am
The Lakers defeated the Hawks 123-104 on Monday to sweep the season series from Atlanta.
Los Angeles’ significant talent advantage was on display as the Lakers had nine players score in double-digits. The Lakers would have run away early in the game if not for 14 first-half turnovers and a huge edge in free throw attempts for the Hawks.
Brandon Ingram led the way for Los Angeles with 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and a game-high plus-19 rating on 10-of-16 shooting from the field. He provided Los Angeles a crucial six-point run in the third quarter after the Hawks cut the Laker lead to 12 points.
Julius Randle continued his impressive stretch of play with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block on 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. The Lakers are 15-12 with him in the starting roster.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a successful return to his home state, joining Ingram and Randle as the third Laker with a double-double, while accumulating 10 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals though he only shot 4-of-12 from the field.
Lonzo Ball had a nearly perfect game hitting all four of his shots from the floor, 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the line while tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a plus-18 rating in 24 minutes.
The other Lakers in double-figures were Josh Hart (14 points), Isaiah Thomas (13 points), Brook Lopez (11 points), Ivica Zubac (10 points) and Kyle Kuzma (10 points). Kuzma added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal but scored all of his points in the first half.
Atlanta was paced by Taurean Prince who finished with 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor, 4-of-11 3-point shots and 6-of-7 from the line.
Dennis Schroder had a solid statistical game with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor.
Key Stats and Observations
-The Lakers outshot the Hawks by a tremendous margin in this game, converting 47-of-90 (52.2 percent) vs. 36-of-96 (37.5 percent) for Atlanta. The discrepancy extended to the 3-point line where Los Angeles knocked down 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) compared to just 8-of-36 (22.2 percent) for the Hawks.
-Los Angeles crushed Atlanta on the glass, collecting 59 rebounds vs. 41 rebounds. A significant segment of this advantage was on the defensive glass where the Lakers gathered 49 rebounds and Atlanta mustered only 33 boards. These numbers were commiserate with the two teams’ shooting percentages, however, the fact that Los Angeles was able to restrict the Hawks to only eight offensive rebounds compared to 10 for themselves was commendable.
-The Lakers kept the Hawks in the game by turning the ball over 23 times, including seven turnovers in each of the first two quarters. In comparison, Atlanta only had 13 turnovers for the entire game.
-Los Angeles was outscored by 10 points at the free throw line where Atlanta converted 24-of-34 attempts (70.6 percent) vs. only 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) for the Lakers.
The Lakers get a couple days off before taking on the Heat (31-29) in Miami on Thursday night.
Miami is led by All-Star Goran Dragic who is averaging 17.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
They have a strong interior presence in center Hassan Whiteside, who is really rounding into form at the moment, producing 14.9 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game over his last seven games.
Los Angeles will try to remain hot, having won three games in a row and 15-of-22 overall.