Originally created 02/16/02

Hawks beat Lakers



LOS ANGELES -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 12 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter Friday night as the Atlanta Hawks avenged a one-sided loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by beating the two-time defending NBA champions 93-90.

Abdur-Rahim also had seven rebounds and six assists as the Hawks, who lost to the Lakers 127-93 in Atlanta on Jan. 29, won for the fourth time in five games.

The Hawks (18-33) became the sixth team with a poor record to beat the Lakers since Dec. 21, joining Memphis, Golden State, Denver, Miami and Chicago, which accomplished the feat twice.

The Heat (20-29) have the best record of those teams.

Abdur-Rahim made two free throws with 3:20 left to extend Atlanta's lead to 87-77, but the Lakers got 3-pointers from Derek Fisher and Devean George to draw within three points with 1:49 remaining.

Neither team scored until DerMarr Johnson made two free throws with 29.5 seconds to play, putting the Hawks up by five, but George's 3-pointer 4 seconds later made it 91-89.

The Hawks then ran the clock down before Abdur-Rahim was fouled and made two clinching free throws with 5.3 seconds to play. Robert Horry's foul shot with 3 seconds remaining completed the scoring.

Jason Terry added 11 points and Johnson and Ira Newble scored 10 each for the Hawks.

Kobe Bryant, held scoreless the first 18 minutes, led the Lakers with 21 points and 10 assists. Fisher scored 18 and George added 12.

Atlanta, just 6-21 on the road, led 70-55 entering the fourth. A basket by Jacque Vaughn with nine minutes to play made it 77-61, and Newble made two free throws with 5:57 left to make it 83-68.

That's when the Lakers began their comeback, but it fell short.

The Lakers (35-14) again played without Shaquille O'Neal, who's on the injured list due to pain in his arthritic right toe.

Dion Glover's dunk with 1:56 left in the third capped a 21-9 run and gave the Hawks a 69-50 lead, prompting boos from the Staples Center crowd of 18,997.

The Lakers, looking like a team playing its third game in four nights, trailed 46-35 at halftime.

The 35 points equaled a season-low in a half this season for the Lakers, and came against a team allowing 100.2 points per game - second-most in the NBA.

The Hawks led 20-13 after the first, with the 13 points also matching a season-low for Los Angeles.

With Bryant on the bench, the Lakers outscored Atlanta 10-3 to begin the second period to tie the game. Bryant returned at that stage, and the Hawks went on a 17-4 run for a 40-27 lead.

Notes: Atlanta's Alan Henderson, sidelined all season with an injured right knee, was activated before the game. Henderson, who averaged 10.5 points in 73 games last season, scored seven points in eight minutes. ... The Lakers are 7-5 without O'Neal this season, and 46-31 without him since he joined the team 5 1/2 years ago. He is eligible to return Tuesday night against Boston. ... The Lakers had won 11 straight home games against the Hawks. Atlanta hadn't beaten the Lakers in Los Angeles since March 1989. ... Atlanta's Toni Kukoc, who has missed 13 games since breaking his right wrist, is expected to return next week.