The Atlanta Hawks have been one of the NBA’s early, early surprises, starting the season 3-0 with reviews on the team’s chemistry after the addition for Dwight Howard to have been positive. But as always, all good starts come to an end. The Hawks were issued their first lost tonight, Nov. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers, 123-116. The Lakers, moving on into the post-Kobe Bryant era, had a lot of talent on the floor for the Hawks to defend.
The Lakers leading scorers this game were D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young and Jordan’s Clarkson, who scored 23, 17 and 16 points respectively. For the Hawks, points didn’t come few and far in between for Dwight Howard and Tim Hardaway Jr. Howard finished with 31 points on 12-16 shooting, while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Hardaway Jr. had a career night, scoring 26 points while knocking down 5-7 three pointers. While the Hawks displayed plenty of fire power tonight offensively, the 123 point scoring coupled with allowong 54 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three is a step back. For the Hawks, they have plenty of opportunity to right the ship quickly. Their next matchup is against the Washington Wizards, though and back court tandem John Wall and Bradley Beal is no easy fix. Of course, that’s the Hawks job to do. For highlights and box score, click here