Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Sunday, November 7th
Game 2: Monday, February 7th

Lakers 108

(24-22, 7-12 away)

Hawks 114

(10-37, 8-18 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 15 30 24 39108
    ATL 31 31 17 35114

    Top Performers

    LAL: T. Brown 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: A. Walker 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Walker, Delk deliver for Atlanta in final minutes

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks nearly let the struggling Los Angeles Lakers off the hook in the second half.

    With three starters and a top backup out with injuries, the Hawks almost blew their biggest lead of the season Monday night before recovering in the final 2 minutes to beat the Lakers 114-108.

    The Lakers, down by 29 points in the second quarter, cut the Hawks' lead to a point before Tony Delk hit eight free throws in the final minute for Atlanta.

    The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak to become the last Eastern Conference team to reach 10 wins. The Lakers are left with their second three-game losing streak in the last two weeks.

    "We lost the game because we're just playing horrible, because our energy level is real low," said Lamar Odom, who led the Lakers with 28 points. "We're just coming out lame. Right now we're playing a less than mediocre game."

    Kobe Bryant, sidelined since Jan. 13 by a severely sprained right ankle, watched from behind the Lakers' bench. Bryant could return on the road trip, which continues with games at New Jersey, Detroit and Cleveland.

    Los Angeles is 0-3 under interim coach Frank Hamblen. He took over last week when Rudy Tomjanovich resigned as head coach.

    The Hawks were without starters Al Harrington, Tyronn Lue and Josh Smith, and backup forward Peja Drobnjak left with a sprained ankle in the first period. Harrington, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, was placed on injured reserve Monday.

    The patchwork Hawks' lineup came out running, scoring the first 14 points of the game and first 10 points of the second period with an unusual emphasis on fast-break points.

    "I said pregame that we had to get out and run, that we couldn't stay in a half-court game with this team," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We got stops early and then just got the ball out and pushed it and guys made plays in the open court for us."

    Rookie Josh Childress was especially effective in the up-tempo style, setting career highs with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

    "We were anxious that we not blow an opportunity," Childress said. "We just wanted to win. To lose that game would have been really bad."

    Antoine Walker, who led the Hawks with 26 points, made two late baskets and Delk added 25 while protecting the lead at the free-throw line in the final minute.

    One of Walker's baskets came after the Lakers pulled within a point at 98-97 on Chucky Atkins' 3-pointer.

    "There was a little panic," Hawks guard Donta Smith said. "They were hitting everything they touched. We got a little nervous then."

    "It was not so much panic as a sense of anxiety," Childress said. "We just wanted to make sure we closed out the game."

    Walker helped make sure the Hawks didn't blow the lead.

    Walker set up Boris Diaw for a layup and a 102-97 lead with 1:42 left, and added a jumper over Lamar Odom with 47 seconds left.

    Tierre Brown set a career high with 27 points for the Lakers, and Atkins had 25.

    "I'd advise everybody on my team not to turn on the TV, not to read the paper," Lakers guard Caron Butler said.

    The largest deficit the Lakers have overcome to win a game this season was 12 points against Orlando on Dec. 12.

    Game notes

    The Hawks set a season high with their 62 first-half points. ... Brown's previous career high was 16.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 114
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 44-88 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 8-23 (.348) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 32-44 (.727) 23-31 (.742)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-38 15-46
    Assists 12 23
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 8 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 33 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 29

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Tierre Brown Brown
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1