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Hawks beat Lakers 100-87 Kobe scores 14 in loss

In Kobe Bryant’s last game in Atlanta he shot 4-19 from the field and 2-10 from three point range. He scored 14 points in 35 minutes and really struggled to get into a consistent rhythm.

“We played well, came out in the second half and competed well and got within striking distance,” Bryant said. “Unfortunately, the game slipped away from us in the last three minutes.” Bryant showed a few flashes of his once-dominant skills, holding up three fingers on each hand after hitting consecutive 3-pointers to bring the loudest cheers of the night from the capacity Philips Arena crowd midway through the third.

“It’s fun to get out there and play,” Bryant said. “Even though my body is sore, this moment is not coming again. Pulling up to the arena, getting ready for the game. It’s not going to happen again. Walking down the tunnel and so forth. It’s important to enjoy these moments as much as possible.”

The Hawks showed a brief video tribute of Bryant before start of the second quarter. The five-time NBA champion smiled and waved to the capacity crowd, but did not watch the one-minute segment. Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins said, “I’ll see you in the Hall” during the tribute.

D’ Angelo Russell played well for the Lakers in defeat with 16 points and 10 assists.

For the Hawks Al Horford led the team in scoring with 16 points. Paul Milsap added 15 points along with Kent Bazemore.  The Hawks shot an impressive 50% compared to the Lakers who only shot 37 percent. The Hawks will have a little break before they play Denver on Wednesday. The Lakers will try to get things turned around when they play the Detroit Pistons Sunday.

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