The Los Angeles Lakers capped off their seventh consecutive game in a 101-96 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday night. After a busy weekend, LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points in the win, as the Lakers drew even with Milwaukee for the NBA’s best record at 24-3.
James also had seven rebounds and blocked a shot, but the play that had everyone talking was an assist – a no-look, between-the-legs pass that caught Dwight Howard breaking down the lane for a massive dunk.
The Hawks kept it close all the way, and had a chance to steal a victory from Los Angeles late in the game. Future Hall-of-Famer, Vince Carter, who scored seven points, passed from an open layup and dished to rookie Cam Reddish in the corner for a potential tying 3-pointer, but the shot clanked off the rim. Danny Green went to the other end and knocked down a pair of free throws to send the Hawks to their fourth straight loss.
Atlanta trailed by as many as 11 points, but kept the margin in single digits nearly the entire way. Second-year star guard, Trae Young scored 30 points (9-22 FG, 3-11 3PT) along with seven assists and two steals.
Anthony Davis scored 27 points and recorded 13 rebounds, but hurt his right ankle when fouled on a lay-up in the closing minutes of the game.
Up next, the Lakers will head to Indiana on Tuesday for the next-to-last game on their five-game Eastern trip.