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State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 16,824
Hawks brace for visit from LeBron, Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks
- The Lakers have won five straight meetings with the Hawks, including a 107-106 home win on November 11 that was sealed with a Tyson Chandler block of Trae Young at the buzzer.
- The Lakers have allowed 125.5 points per game over their last 11 games, the most points allowed in an 11-game span in franchise history. Over that span, Los Angeles is just 3-4 when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, and the team's seven losses this season when shooting 50 percent or better are third most in the NBA (Phoenix: nine, Washington: eight).
- Atlanta has scored 100+ points in 19 straight games -- the last time the Hawks had a streak of 20+ games in a single season was 1970-71, when they scored 100+ points in 26 straight games.
- Kyle Kuzma has made 5+ two-pointers and 5+ three-pointers in back-to-back games. The only other Lakers player to do that all-time was Kobe Bryant (three times, all in 2006).
- On Sunday, JaVale McGee put up 21 points and 13 rebounds, his first 20/10 game since March 27, 2013 as a member of the Nuggets. McGee has had 15+ points and shot 60+ percent from the floor in three straight games after having just two such games over the previous two months.
- Sunday was the fourth time this season that Kevin Huerter, Omari Spellman and Trae Young have all scored 10+ points in the same game, the most by a trio of Hawks rookies since 1974-75, when John Drew, Tom Henderson and Mike Sojourner had 21 such games. All other rookie trios in the NBA have combined for five such games this season.
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The Los Angeles Lakers will make their only appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce knows it won't be a typical mid-week game.
State Farm Arena will be sold out, loud and loaded with gold-clad fans who want to see the visiting team and its star player, LeBron James.
Pierce is eager to see how his young Atlanta team will react to all the hubbub, as it tries to stop a three-game losing streak and end its inability to win at home. The Hawks have dropped five straight on their home court.
"When you're in a little rut like we are ... spirit, energy, effort ... the best thing is to have a team like the Lakers come in," Pierce said. "Huge fan base. We know there will be a lot of Lakers fans in here, a lot of people showing up. As an athlete, you want to perform when the lights are on and there are a lot of people."
Atlanta is in the midst of a seven-game homestand. The Hawks have dropped their first three games, to Toronto, Charlotte and Orlando. They did not play well in Sunday's 124-108 loss to the Magic, a game in which Pierce took out all his starters as a unit in the middle of the third quarter in an attempt to send a message.
The Lakers are playing the finale of a six-game road trip. They have lost seven of their last 10 and were embarrassed 143-120 by the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
"We had too many breakdowns," James said. "Way too many breakdowns."
As usual, most eyes will be on James, who has appeared in 38 games, missing 17 with a strained groin and one because of load management. He is averaging 26.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists.
Power forward Kyle Kuzma has been playing at a high level. He scored 39 points and knocked down five 3-pointers against Philadelphia. The second-year player scored 25 in the previous game, a win at Boston.
Atlanta is led by forward John Collins, who averages 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, and rookie Trae Young, who averages 16.8 points and 7.4 assists. Both were selected to play in the Rising Stars Game during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
"It will be good to see how we respond in that type of atmosphere against a team that's been on the road for a while and is struggling," Pierce said. "The atmosphere is great, but it really comes down to us bringing the right approach."
The Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 in Los Angeles in November on a dunk by James with 18 seconds remaining. Young's last-second shot was blocked by Tyson Chandler to secure the win. The Hawks played without Collins. The Lakers swept the series a year ago.
The Lakers are playing without Lonzo Ball, who has missed nine games with a left ankle sprain. Josh Hart (right knee) is out after receiving a PRP injection. The Hawks are fairly healthy, with Collins playing with a sore right knee.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 11, 2019