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The Atlanta Hawks’ suffered their second defeat of the season to Los Angeles Lakers, 94-109, in L.A. The Lakers (who were without D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle) were led by Lou Williams’ 21 bench points while Jordan Clarkson added another 18 off of the bench. This latest loss is Atlanta’s fifth in sixth games and the sixth game in a row where the Hawks have failed to crack 100 points.

Hawks unable to maintain hot start

The Hawks started this game really well, flying out of the traps for 32 first quarter points and they looked great on both ends of the floor. They built up a 13 point lead before the Lakers and their fantastic second unit rallied in the second quarter, outscoring the Hawks 35-16 in the period. Nick Young and Larry Nance Jr. put together great individual quarters, and the Lakers’ ability to switch on pick-and-rolls bothered the Hawks enough and it helped the Lakers get back into this game.

“We played a very good first quarter. They made a run and we kind of panicked after that.” — Thabo Sefolosha

The offense — which has been pretty awful of late — was actually looking good in that first quarter. I liked how the Hawks played with pace, it seemed to cause the Lakers some issues but after the first quarter things seemed to slow down.

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The Atlanta Hawks triumphed over the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers last night (106-77) on the first night of their L.A. back-to-back. The Lakers were without their three top scorers — Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, and Lou Williams all sat this one out.

The Hawks were led by Dennis Schöder’s 16 points off the bench while the Lakers were led by Julius Randle’s 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Kris Humphries’ debut

Coach Mike Budenholzer wasted no time in sending out Kris Humphries (signed on Tuesday) for his Atlanta Hawks debut. It says a lot that Bud would send out the fresh faced Humphries right into the fold rather than Mike Muscala, a guy much more familiar with how the Atlanta offense runs. Bud has been clearly desiring an established big for his rotation in the wake of Tiago Splitter’s season ending hip surgery if he was willing to send him out straight away.

Humphries had himself a great debut — scoring 14 points and securing eight rebounds. Based on the his showing last night, Humphries is going to be a great addition for the Hawks bench, and his strenghts are things that the Hawks really need — rebounding and versatility:

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