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There were just four games on the NBA schedule on Tuesday, with the Los Angeles Lakers picking up the win of the night on the road against the Atlanta Hawks.
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points as the Lakers held on for the win and point guard Jeremy Lin revealed that the team savoured it after such a rough start to the year.
The win moves the Lakers to 2-9 for the season with Carlos Boozer adding 20 points while Nick Young returned from a thumb injury to make his first appearance of the season and ended the game with 17 points.
Jeff Teague responded with 23 points for the hosts while Paul Millsap had a team-high 29, but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks to avoid a first home loss of the season.
Meanwhile, there were also wins for the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz over the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder respectively, with Zaza Pachulia leading the stat line for the Bucks with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Iman Shumpert returned from injury to put up 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Carmelo Anthony could be a doubt for Minnesota on Wednesday after he aggravated a knee injury in the second quarter after falling to the floor while scrambling for a loose ball.
In Utah, Alec Burks had 20 points and 14 rebounds but it took an outburst from rookie coach Quin Snyder to get his team going after a slow start. Snyder was given a technical foul after yelling at officials, before he was seen screaming at his team to “wake up!”
Wake up they did as they improve to 5-7 for the season while the Thunder slip to 3-9 as they continue to struggle without their star players.
In the late game of the night, the New Orleans Pelicans were powered to a win by Anthony Davis with 28 points and nine rebounds. It was duel with DeMarcus Cousins who had 24 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the hosts.
Los Angeles Lakers 114-109 Atlanta Hawks
New York Knicks 113-117 Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder 81-98 Utah Jazz
New Orleans Pelicans 106-100 Sacramento Kings