Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 25th

Lakers 108

(40-30, 15-20 away)

Hawks 91

(29-43, 21-14 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2003

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 30 18 31 29108
    ATL 28 23 21 1991

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: K. Bryant 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atlanta: J. Terry 10 Pts, 6 Reb, 16 Ast

    Bryant scores 15 of his 28 in fourth quarter

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Fans in Atlanta are so starved for a decent NBA team that they turned to a proven winner Tuesday night. Unlike the hometown Hawks, Kobe Bryant did not disappoint.

     Kobe Bryant

    Bryant scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, prompting Atlanta fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away for a 108-91 victory.

    "It felt good," Bryant said. "It's good to have fan support."

    Shaquille O'Neal scored 31 points in 32 minutes and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter. The Lakers won for the third time in their last eight games away from Los Angeles.

    Bryant turned the sellout crowd of 19,280 in his favor as he hit four consecutive 3-pointers to turn an 11-point lead into a 99-80 margin with 4:59 remaining.

    After missing his last 3-point attempt at the 4:20 mark, Bryant left with a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists.

    "In the first half, they scored 51 points," Bryant said. "We let the Hawks get back in the game, but we felt like we had a pretty good set and rhythm. It was a matter of tweaking things a little bit."

    Glenn Robinson scored 22 points to lead the Hawks, who had won two in a row and five of eight. Jason Terry handed out 16 assists, but three of his five turnovers came in the third quarter as Atlanta fell behind for good. The Hawks never led after Robert Horry hit a pair of free throws to make it 67-65 with 4:09 remaining.

    "Obviously, the turnovers in the second quarter gave them momentum, and we couldn't get out of the hole," Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. "It seemed like the turnovers took away from any flow that we had offensively, gave them some life, gave them some easy baskets. It's hard to push it when they're on the free-throw line."

    O'Neal gave the Lakers their first double-digit lead with two free throws. The Hawks never got any closer after Bryant stole the ball from Terry at the top of the key and soared for a tomahawk dunk for an 87-76 lead.

    "It was a nice, soulful crowd, and hopefully the Hawks will get it together because the city will support them," said O'Neal, who maintains a part-time residence in Atlanta. "If I was here, then it wouldn't be a problem."

    Derek Fisher, who scored 12 points for the Lakers, finished with a season-high five steals. Los Angeles forced 21 turnovers and committed only 10.

    Bryant, who had six assists after getting none in a nine-point loss Sunday at San Antonio, credited the victory to the Lakers' ability to get the ball inside to O'Neal, who did the rest.

    "Tonight was a good example of how we're going to play from here on," Bryant said. "Pounding the ball inside."

    Atlanta's front line of Theo Ratliff, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Robinson couldn't handle O'Neal down low.

    "My guys were looking for me early on, and I was taking high-percentage shots," O'Neal said. "They weren't doubling me, so I was able to do my thing."

    Bryant, who matched a season high with 10 defensive rebounds, was the only starter to play in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles.

    Guard Jannero Pargo and forward Stanislav Medvedenko each went the entire 12 minutes, combining for seven points, six rebounds and two assists.

    Game notes
    Los Angeles improved to 12-2 with Mark Madsen starting at forward. ... The Lakers improved to 15-20 on the road. ... The Hawks have lost two straight and three of four against Los Angeles in Atlanta. ... The sellout was just the second of the year at Philips Arena. ... Atlanta dropped to 10-17 against Western Conference opponents.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 91
    FGM-FGA 40-84 (.476) 34-74 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 8-15 (.533) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 18-21 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 9-40
    Assists 25 28
    Turnovers 10 21
    Steals 12 5
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 28
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 10
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 16
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0