LOS ANGELES — Reserve Dennis Schroder led six players in double figures with 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks blew out the woeful Lakers 106-77 Friday night for their first season sweep of Los Angeles since 1973-74.
Kyle Korver made all four of his 3-pointers for 15 points and newcomer Kris Humphries added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Jeff Teague had 12 points, Paul Millsap 11 and Kent Bazemore 10. The Hawks have held four straight opponents under 40-per cent shooting for the first time since Dec. 7-20, 1996.
Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two in a row and 10 of 11. Brandon Bass added 12 points off the bench. D’Angelo Russell’s streak of four straight games with 20 or more points ended when he finished with seven points on 3-of-16 shooting.
Los Angeles fans began chanting Kobe Bryant’s name in the closing minutes, but he was nursing a sore right shoulder and wasn’t around.
Korver and Bazemore hit consecutive 3s and Humphries made three straight free throws during a 9-0 run in the fourth that pushed Atlanta’s lead to 22 points.
The Lakers shot 34 per cent for the game and never got under double-digits in the second half. They closed within 13 in the third when the Hawks went on a 9-2 run that stretched their lead to 69-49. Horford dunked twice, including on a backward pass from Bazemore, Millsap dunked and Thabo Sefolosha capped it with a 3-pointer.
The Lakers couldn’t stop the Hawks in transition, either, with Atlanta scoring off Anthony Brown’s missed 3 and Russell’s turnover during its outburst.
The Hawks put the game out of reach in the second quarter, closing with a 15-2 run to lead 54-36 at halftime. Humphries scored eight points and hit one of the Hawks’ three 3-pointers in the spurt.
Hawks: Horford has hit 17 straight free throws. He needs 10 rebounds to reach 5,000 in his career. … The Hawks’ last sweep of the Lakers was four games in 1973-74. … They improved to 7-6 against the West.
Lakers: Bryant has missed three of the last four games because of his shoulder. … Starting G Jordan Clarkson was out with a patella tendon strain. "My fear is putting him back out there when he’s not a hundred per cent," coach Byron Scott said. … Reserve G Lou Williams was out with a mild left hamstring strain. … F Larry Nance Jr. returned from a sore right knee.
Hawks: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Lakers: Host Golden State on Sunday.