Lets break down these Hawks vs Lakers highlights from January 7th. Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with solid defense. They had 13 steals to Atlanta’s 3, and 4 blocks to Atlanta’s 0. Lebron James in particular played an excellent defensive game with 4 steals and 3 blocks. It seemed like every time Trae Young wanted to start the pick and roll, a Laker would shut it down immediately.
The Hawks started to rally in the 2nd quarter and nearly brought the game back to a tie. Trae Young’s drives started finding home and Kevin Huerter chipped in from the arc to make the game respectable. Malik Monk put an end to the Hawks hopes of a comeback by continuing his hot streak from three. Monk finished 7 of 12 from distance, shooting nearly 60% on the night.
Lebron James ignited in the 4th quarter, shutting down Young’s drives and dishing the ball to Carmelo Anthony and Talen Horten Tucker to seal the game for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook had another quietly effective game, only going 4 of 14 from the field, but leading the Lakers in +/- again with 22. Russ isn’t playing flashy right now, but he’s limiting his turnovers, setting the pace, and dishing the ball well.
The Lakers look sharp and if they keep playing defense this well they will reach the playoffs and be able to contend with the Bucks. Check out the webstory below for highlights of the game and remember to sign up at SportsTalkLine.com to come chat with our sports loving community! #Lakers #Hawks #NBA #LakersNation