Originally created 12/20/97

Campbell, Lakers end Hawks' spree



ATLANTA -- Former Clemson star Elden Campbell scored eight of his 18 points in the final 6:55, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-96 victory over Atlanta on Friday night that snapped the Hawks four-game winning streak.

The Lakers handed the Hawks only their third home loss in 13 games before a crowd of 25,288 -- second largest in the Georgia Dome this season.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 19 points, including a 3-point basket that broke an 81-all tie with 8:08 to play. Bryant also had two key steals in the final four minutes.

Steve Smith had 25 to lead the Hawks, who had a chance to force overtime. But Dikembe Mutombo missed two free throws with two-tenths of a second remaining.

The Hawks built a 76-71 lead at the start of the final period on a basket by Mutombo before the Lakers went on a 6-0 run that included dunks by Sean Rooks and Corie Blount and a layup by Rick Fox.

After that, there were two ties and seven lead changes before Robert Horry put the Lakers ahead to stay, hitting a layup for a 90-89 lead with 5:06 remaining. Campbell stretched the lead to 92-89 on two free throws with 3:36 to play and Bryant followed with two free throws at the 3:19 mark for a five-point lead.

The Hawks never got closer than three until Mookie Blaylock's 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds remaining cut the lead to 98-96.

Nick Van Exel added 16 points for the Lakers, eight of those in the third quarter when Los Angeles scored only 12 points -- the fewest against the Hawks in that period this year. It came after the Lakers had posted the most points against Atlanta in the first quarter 36 and the first half 59.

Christian Laettner added 18 points for the Hawks and Mutombo had 14.

Notes: The outcome left both teams with 19-6 records. ... Bryant's four-game stretch of scoring nearly a point a minute came to an end when it took him 31 minutes to get his 19 points. He had scored 109 points in 110 minutes in his previous four games. ... It was only Atlanta's second loss in the Georgia Dome in 10 games.