3. Hawks guard Trae Young registered his sixth 30-point game of the season, finishing with 31 points, seven assists and two steals, though he did add a season-high eight turnovers. Young continues to face most of the heat from opponents' defenses.
The Hawks shot 43% from the field and made eight 3’s compared to the Lakers’ 52.8% from the field with 15 3’s.
“We’re not shooting well, extremely well as a team,” Pierce said. “He’s feeling everyone’s double teams and hits and he’s getting hit and pressured. A lot of times, that’s how he ends up with some of the turnovers, just an enormous amount of pressure.”
4. This loss wraps up the Hawks' West Coast trip. They went 1-4, losing to Portland in overtime, beating Denver behind 42 points from Young and losing three straight to the Suns, Clippers and Lakers. They fall to 4-9 on the season and it doesn't get easier anytime soon, with a home game against Milwaukee and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo looming Wednesday.
“We knew, coming out West for a five-game trip, as a young team, and the caliber of opponents we were playing, was going to be tough,” Pierce said. “We snuck one (against Denver), we drop one in Portland that we felt we probably could have had, and we go against two elite teams in our league. Glad it’s over. Glad we got this trip out of the way early. But we have a lot of work to do.”
5. The Hawks had a much better second half than first half, and a lot of that can be attributed to solid performances by rookies De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish. (Both were held scoreless in the first half. )
In addition to carrying their weight defensively, Hunter went 4 for 4 from the field in the second half, scoring two 3-point attempts. Hunter contributed 11 points and three assists.
Reddish went 5 for 10, making 1 of 4 3’s. Reddish finished with 13 points and three steals.
By the Numbers
7 (the amount of Lakers players who finished with double-digit points in LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso)
“A well-conditioned athlete, probably the greatest athlete we’ve ever seen. At the top of his game. I don’t care how old he is. He’s at the top of his game right now.” (Pierce on facing James, who is 34)