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Lakers blow 11-point, fourth-quarter lead to lose to Hawks; Trae Young puts up 36 points – The Athletic

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Lakers blow 11-point, fourth-quarter lead to lose to Hawks; Trae Young puts up 36 points – The Athletic

By The Athletic Staff
January 30, 2022 5:44 PM EST
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The Los Angeles Lakers blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter to fall to Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 129-121. Young put up an impressive 36 points to give Atlanta its seventh straight win.

With Los Angeles up 104-93 and 10:45 remaining, Atlanta eventually cut the lead to two points with a layup from Young. Three minutes later, a Lou Williams 3-pointer helped the Hawks keep their hooks in the Lakers. The two teams traded baskets, but a 3-pointer from Young and an Oneyka Okongwu dunk moved gave the Hawks a 114-110 lead.

The Lakers' Malik Monk later tied the game with his eighth 3-pointer of the game, but Young delivered a monster 3-pointer that bounced on the rim before going in and sealing Los Angeles' fate with 53 seconds remaining. Young added two free throws before the game finished.

Young also had 12 assists on the day, while John Collins added 20 points and 11 rebounds in Atlanta's win. Monk led the Lakers with 33 points in the team's third consecutive loss. Los Angeles has played without LeBron James, who is dealing with swelling in his left knee, for the three losses.

James returned to Los Angeles on Saturday to get treatment on his knee. Before Sunday's game, coach Frank Vogel said James will be out "as the long as the swelling is there."

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)
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