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James, Lakers start fast in racing past Hawks 122-101

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James wasn’t about to send Kobe Bryant home disappointed.

With the former Lakers great sitting courtside, the team’s current ranking superstar scored 12 of his 33 points during a breathtaking opening nine minutes for Los Angeles, which raced to a 25-point lead and handed the Atlanta Hawks their second ugly loss in 24 hours at Staples Center, 122-101 on Sunday night.

“I'm just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason to be like, ‘OK, we might come to another game,’“ James said.

The 34-year-old James said it was “fantastic” to play in front of Bryant, who helped the Lakers win five NBA titles during his 20-year career.

“I know he came to a game last year,” James said. “Just having him in the building, knowing what he did to this franchise, and for me and my teammates what it means to be a part of Laker Nation, the Laker family, it's a beautiful thing. I was one of the kids who had the chance to come out straight out of high school. He did it and I was just watching him. It's just so surreal for me, a kid from Akron to be able to have a guy like Kobe take time out of his day. Even at this point in my career it's still special.”

James joined the Lakers last season.

“I became part of the family and he welcomed me with open arms as well as everyone else. Just to have that support from one of the greatest Lakers to ever play is just special to me,” James said.

In a quarter full of highlights, James’ biggest play provided his first points. After JaVale McGee blocked Jabari Parker’s shot, James grabbed the ball, passed to Danny Green and took the return pass for a slam dunk that brought the crowd to its feet two minutes in.

James added two layups, a 3-point shot and a three-point play to help propel the Lakers to their 25-point lead with 3:17 still to play in the opening quarter.

He also fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for consecutive baskets. James finished with 12 assists for his 11th double-double this season.

“He’s been at just an extraordinarily high level and dominating,” coach Frank Vogel said of James. “His effort on the defensive end has really spread throughout the group and the group has really bought into being dominant on the defensive end of the floor. We saw that in the first quarter with how we controlled the game from the start. Offensively, the shot making, his decision making, zero turnovers, 12 assists, I mean are you kidding me?”

The Hawks were routed 150-101 on Saturday night by the Clippers, who played without Kawhi Leonard.

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the Lakers’ 11th win in 12 games. Rajon Rondo had 15, Anthony Davis 14, Caldwell-Pope 13 and Green and Alex Caruso 11 apiece.

Davis had five of the Lakers’ 14 blocked shots.

Trae Young scored 31 for the Hawks, who lost four of five on a swing through the West. Cam Reddish had 13 while Allen Crabbe, Parker and De’Andre Hunter each scored 11.

After falling behind by 25, the Hawks stopped the Lakers’ onslaught by going on a 13-0 run to close to 34-22. They got to 40-30 before the Lakers pulled away again. Green put an emphatic stamp on a 69-41 halftime lead when he swooped in to corral James’ missed shot for a slam dunk with 11 seconds before the buzzer.

James then hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Lakers’ first points of the second half and added a nice fallaway jumper.

“It’s tough when you can’t make shots,” Young said. “Give a lot of credit to them. They’re one of the best defensive teams in the league. We’ve just got to be better knocking down shots, working on our game and trying to be more crafty around defenses like them.”

“They were making a lot of blocked shots, making a lot of big plays. We had a lot of things that didn’t go our way. That’s how our season’s been. We’ll get down big and we have to fight so hard to get back into the game that we take all the energy out of ourselves and hard to get ourselves back into the game.”

TIP-INS

Hawks: Crabbe had a four-point play in the first quarter when he hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Troy Daniels. He made the free throw to cut the deficit to 34-20. ... The Hawks have lost three straight and six of seven.

Lakers: With Avery Bradley out, Caldwell-Pope earned a second straight start and third of the season after scoring 16 points in 99-97 victory over Sacramento on Friday night. ... Dwight Howard energized the crowd when he blocked Parker’s shot early in the second quarter. ... Bryant was shown on the big screen with 4:25 left in the first half and rose to acknowledge a standing ovation.

UNIQUE DOUBLE

Back at Staples Center less than 24 hours after absorbing a 49-point loss to the Clippers, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce asked if he preferred the games were split up. “Yes,” he said. “Back-to-back on the road is tough no matter who the opponent is. Obviously you have two special teams with a lot of special talent with both of the L.A. teams. It makes it extremely difficult.”

UP NEXT

Hawks: Return home after a five-game road trip to host Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

Lakers: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to finish a four-game homestand.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:31   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
11:16   Bad pass turnover on Trae Young, stolen by LeBron James  
11:11 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made layup, assist by LeBron James 0-2
10:56 +2 Jabari Parker made jump shot 2-2
10:46   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Damian Jones  
10:30   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:20 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 2-5
10:05   Jabari Parker missed hook shot, blocked by JaVale McGee  
10:02   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
10:01 +2 LeBron James made alley-oop shot, assist by Danny Green 2-7
9:41   Bad pass turnover on Trae Young, stolen by JaVale McGee  
9:37 +2 LeBron James made layup 2-9
9:24   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
9:12 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 2-11
8:59   Cam Reddish missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:46 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 2-14
8:34   De'Andre Hunter missed driving layup, blocked by JaVale McGee  
8:31   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:23 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 2-17
8:05   Damian Jones missed layup, blocked by Danny Green  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
7:58   LeBron James missed layup  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Damian Jones  
7:51 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot, assist by Damian Jones 4-17
7:23 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 4-19
7:09   Jabari Parker missed layup  
7:07   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:48   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Cam Reddish  
6:24   Lost ball turnover on Trae Young, stolen by Danny Green  
6:20 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made dunk, assist by Danny Green 4-21
6:10   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
6:10   Jabari Parker missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:10   ATL team rebound  
6:10 +1 Jabari Parker made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-21
6:06   Personal foul on Alex Len  
6:01 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 5-24
5:42   Jabari Parker missed layup, blocked by Danny Green  
5:42   ATL team rebound  
5:40   De'Andre Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:38   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
5:27   Personal foul on Jabari Parker  
5:19 +2 JaVale McGee made floating jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 5-26
5:08   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
5:08 +1 Alex Len made 1st of 2 free throws 6-26
5:08   Alex Len missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:06   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
4:53   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Evan Turner  
4:51   Out of bounds turnover on Evan Turner  
4:49 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 6-28
4:36   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:32 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made reverse layup, assist by LeBron James 6-30
4:12 +3 Allen Crabbe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 9-30
3:56   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:56 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 9-31
3:47   LeBron James missed fade-away jump shot  
3:42   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
3:42   JaVale McGee missed dunk  
3:41   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
3:33   Bad pass turnover on Evan Turner, stolen by Danny Green  
3:29   Out of bounds turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
3:19   Bad pass turnover on DeAndre' Bembry, stolen by JaVale McGee  
3:17 +2 LeBron James made reverse layup 9-33
3:17   Shooting foul on DeAndre' Bembry  
3:17 +1 LeBron James made free throw 9-34
3:05   Bad pass turnover on DeAndre' Bembry, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
3:00   Kyle Kuzma missed layup  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
2:54 +2 Bruno Fernando made dunk, assist by Evan Turner 11-34
2:36   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
2:34   Offensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
2:33   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Bruno Fernando  
2:20 +2 Allen Crabbe made jump shot, assist by De'Andre Hunter 13-34
2:14   Bad pass turnover on Alex Caruso, stolen by Trae Young  
2:13 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 15-34
2:13   Shooting foul on Kyle Kuzma  
2:13 +1 Trae Young made free throw 16-34
1:59   Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Bruno Fernando  
1:49 +3 Allen Crabbe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 19-34
1:48   Shooting foul on Troy Daniels  
1:48 +1 Allen Crabbe made free throw 20-34
1:43   Personal foul on Bruno Fernando  
1:30   Traveling violation turnover on Anthony Davis  
1:07   Bruno Fernando missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
1:05   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
0:55   Alex Caruso missed jump shot, blocked by Jabari Parker  
0:51   Defensive rebound by De'Andre Hunter  
0:49   Jabari Parker missed dunk, blocked by Anthony Davis  
0:49   ATL team rebound  
0:48 +2 Bruno Fernando made layup, assist by De'Andre Hunter 22-34
0:34 +2 Troy Daniels made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 22-36
0:28 +2 Trae Young made driving layup 24-36
0:07   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:05   ATL team rebound  
0:00   De'Andre Hunter missed layup, blocked by Anthony Davis  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Bruno Fernando  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Jabari Parker missed hook shot, blocked by Dwight Howard  
11:43   ATL team rebound  
11:35   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
11:11   Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot  
11:06   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
11:01   Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:59   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
10:58   Shooting foul on Jabari Parker  
10:58 +1 Kyle Kuzma made 1st of 2 free throws 24-37
10:58 +1 Kyle Kuzma made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-38
10:43   Personal foul on Alex Caruso  
10:34   Out of bounds turnover on Trae Young  
10:14   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Damian Jones  
10:01   Personal foul on Troy Daniels  
9:56   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels  
9:45 +2 Alex Caruso made driving layup 24-40
9:26 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 26-40
9:13   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Jabari Parker  
9:07   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   ATL team rebound  
9:06   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
8:53 +2 Trae Young made driving layup 28-40
8:31   Lost ball turnover on Kyle Kuzma, stolen by Jabari Parker  
8:27 +2 Jabari Parker made dunk, assist by Trae Young 30-40
8:13 +2 Rajon Rondo made jump shot 30-42
7:47   De'Andre Hunter missed jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
7:29 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 30-45
7:11   De'Andre Hunter missed layup, blocked by Dwight Howard  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
7:04 +2 Alex Caruso made driving layup 30-47
6:54   Shooting foul on Alex Caruso  
6:54 +1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 31-47
6:54 +1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-47
6:39 +2 LeBron James made fade-away jump shot 32-49
6:27   Cam Reddish missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:25   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:20   Kyle Kuzma missed layup  
6:18   Defensive rebound by De'Andre Hunter  
6:13   Cam Reddish missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:00 +2 Alex Caruso made layup, assist by Dwight Howard 32-51
5:52   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
5:52 +1 Trae Young made 1st of 2 free throws 33-51
5:52 +1 Trae Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-51
5:34 +2 Kyle Kuzma made hook shot 34-53
5:28   Out of bounds turnover on Trae Young  
5:18   Kyle Kuzma missed hook shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Alex Len  
5:03   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
4:50 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot 34-56
4:36   Allen Crabbe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
4:26 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 34-59
4:01   Bruno Fernando missed jump shot, blocked by Anthony Davis  
3:57   Offensive rebound by Bruno Fernando  
3:56   Bruno Fernando missed jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
3:47   Personal foul on Bruno Fernando  
3:34   Lost ball turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Jabari Parker  
3:25 +2 Evan Turner made driving layup 36-59
3:17 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 36-61
3:07 +2 Evan Turner made jump shot 38-61
2:46 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 38-63
2:22   Evan Turner missed jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
2:09   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
1:55   Jabari Parker missed hook shot  
1:57   Jabari Parker missed dunk  
1:40   Traveling violation turnover on Jabari Parker  
1:20   Personal foul on Jabari Parker  
1:40   Traveling violation turnover on Jabari Parker  
1:20   Personal foul on Jabari Parker  
1:14   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:10   Defensive rebound by DeAndre' Bembry  
1:03 +3 Trae Young made 3-pt. jump shot 41-63
0:48 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot 41-65
0:42   Offensive foul on Trae Young  
0:42   Turnover on Trae Young  
0:42   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:42 +1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made free throw 41-66
0:28   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
0:27   LAL team rebound  
0:27   Personal foul on DeAndre' Bembry  
0:27 +1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 41-67
0:27   Dwight Howard missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:21   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
0:18   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:11   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
0:11 +2 Danny Green made dunk 41-69
0:01   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Trae Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:42   Offensive rebound by Damian Jones  
11:40 +2 Cam Reddish made floating jump shot, assist by Damian Jones 43-69
11:17 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 43-72
11:01 +2 Cam Reddish made layup, assist by De'Andre Hunter 45-72
11:01   Violation  
10:49 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 45-75
10:37 +2 Trae Young made floating jump shot 47-75
10:28   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Trae Young  
10:07   Cam Reddish missed driving dunk, blocked by Anthony Davis  
10:06   LAL team rebound  
9:52   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Damian Jones  
9:36   Damian Jones missed jump shot  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
9:20 +2 LeBron James made fade-away jump shot 47-77
9:06 +2 Trae Young made driving layup 49-77
8:56   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:53   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:41   Lost ball turnover on Danny Green, stolen by Cam Reddish  
8:37   Trae Young missed layup, blocked by LeBron James  
8:32   Offensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
8:32 +2 Jabari Parker made dunk 51-77
8:17   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Jabari Parker  
8:13 +2 Jabari Parker made layup 53-77
7:58   Shooting foul on Damian Jones  
7:58   Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:58   LAL team rebound  
7:58 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-78
7:45 +3 Cam Reddish made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damian Jones 56-78
7:23 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made driving layup 56-80
7:07 +2 De'Andre Hunter made driving dunk, assist by Jabari Parker 58-80
7:07   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
7:07   De'Andre Hunter missed free throw  
7:03   Offensive rebound by Cam Reddish  
7:01 +3 De'Andre Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cam Reddish 61-80
6:45   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
6:36 +3 Damian Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 64-80
6:21   Shooting foul on Damian Jones  
6:21 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 64-81
6:21 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-82
6:04 +2 Cam Reddish made floating jump shot 66-82
6:04   Violation  
6:04   Violation  
5:52   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:46   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
5:44   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
5:43   ATL team rebound  
5:34   Shooting foul on LeBron James  
5:34   Trae Young missed 1st of 3 free throws  
5:34   ATL team rebound  
5:34