Hawks hold off Lakers

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Updated: March 14, 2013

Kyle Korver made two free throws with 2.6
seconds left to seal the Atlanta Hawks’ 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles
Lakers.

An entertaining fourth quarter came down to the final seconds. After Korver
made 1-of-2 from the line to give the Hawks a 94-92 lead with 16.9 seconds
remaining, the Lakers went to Kobe Bryant. The 15-time All-Star tried to tie
the game on a baseline jumper. Instead, Bryant missed the shot and landed on
Dahntay Jones’ foot, rolling his left ankle. Bryant was able to walk off the
court under his own power.

“That’s a shot I’m very comfortable taking,” Bryant said. “You just can’t go
under these shooters, man. It’s a dangerous play.”

Korver pulled down Bryant’s miss and made two free throws at the other end to
secure the win for the Hawks, who had lost four straight against the Lakers.
Korver ended with 15 points.

It was announced after the game that Bryant severely sprained his left ankle
and will be out indefinitely.

Devin Harris tallied 17 points and seven assists for Atlanta, which was
without guard Jeff Teague (ankle) and forward Josh Smith (knee). Al Horford
had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Johan Petro donated 10 points and 11 boards and
Ivan Johnson and John Jenkins each scored 12 points.

Bryant ended with 31 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which had a
four-game winning streak snapped. Metta World Peace tallied 20 points and
eight rebounds, while Dwight Howard had 10 points and 16 boards.

Trailing by 12, 55-43, at the break, Bryant got his team back in the game with
a 20-point performance in the third quarter. Bryant scored 12 straight Los
Angeles points near the end of the third to cut the gap to 71-69.

Antawn Jamison made a 3-pointer moments later to give the Lakers a 72-71 lead
with 1:25 remaining. The Hawks, though, ended the period on a 5-2 spurt to
take a 76-74 edge.

The Hawks led for a majority of the fourth and held a 93-89 lead with 20.5
seconds left. Bryant responded with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point
contest.

Atlanta led by as many as 13 in the first half and took a 55-43 edge into the
locker room. Bryant was limited to three points in the first half.

Game Notes

Korver extended his franchise record to 57 consecutive games with at least one
3-pointer … Hawks coach Larry Drew received a technical foul early in the
fourth after another no-call on Howard … The Hawks snapped a three-game
skid.