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Nick Young returned to action on Tuesday and it seemed to spark the Lakers in their 114-109 win over the Hawks in Atlanta.
Young entered the game with 5:54 left in the 1st quarter and got on the board quickly by scoring on two made free throws with 3 minutes to play in the quarter. Young finished with 17 points on 6 for 10 from the field.
The Lakers were hitting on all cylinders early and took a 67-52 lead into halftime.
A game removed from receiving criticism for 24 first half shots and 34 shots overall in a blow out loss to the Golden State Warriors, Kobe completely turned it around by scoring a team high 28 points on an efficient 10 for 18 shooting from the field.
Bryant was the go to guy when the Hawks got back in the game late, scoring 9 points in the 4th quarter and made key passes that led to big shots to keep the Lakers ahead of the Hawks.
Kobe Bryant made a 20 footer with 1 minute to play in the 4th on Thabo Sefolosha who got called for the foul. The basket put Kobe Bryant at 32,000 points for his career joining only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Micheal Jordan to reach the milestone.
Here is shot in-arena shot of Kobe’s shot to reach 32,000 points by Instagram account @jts_bluefg2. You can hear the predominately pro-Lakers crowd in Phillips Arena for the game in this shot.
The Hawks had a chance to tie the game with a 3 point shot with 7 seconds to play in the game but Pero Antic misses the 3-point shot and Jordan Hill secures the rebound and the game by sinking 2 free throws to close out the game.
The Hawks were led by Paul Millsap who finished with a game high 29 points.
The Lakers had a well balanced attack against the Hawks with 5 players scoring in double figures and 3 players acheaving double-doubles: the 3 players being Boozer scored 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Hill 18 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Lin with 15 points and 10 assists.
The Lakers do not get much time to enjoy their 2nd victory of the season as they fly to Houston to play the Rockets on Wednesday. The Lakers lost 108-90 to the Rockets on opening day.