Neither team had a good shooting night, with the Hawks shooting 35.6% from the field and 28.6% from 3 (12 for 42). The Lakers shot 42.4% from the field and 16.1% from 3 (5 for 31).
Kevin Huerter exited with 8:21 left in the fourth and did not return. Huerter was diagnosed with a left shoulder contusion on the same shoulder he injured Nov. 12 in Denver, which kept him out 11 games.
It was a messy first quarter, with the Hawks registering five turnovers to the Lakers’ seven, but the Hawks made five 3-pointers (compared to the Lakers going 0-for-5 from 3-point range) to take a 25-24 lead heading into the second.
The Lakers didn’t register a 3-pointer until the 6:40 mark of the second quarter, courtesy of James. It allowed the Hawks to keep it close in the first half, as did 14 first-half Lakers turnovers. The first half still devolved into an L.A. highlight reel at times, with a purple and gold-heavy crowd erupting after a between-the-legs assist by James set up a massive dunk by Dwight Howard with about two minutes left in the second.
Still, this matchup was much more competitive this time around — the Hawks lost to the Lakers 122-101 Nov. 17 at Staples Center.
Up next, the Hawks play the Knicks in New York Tuesday.