Atlanta Falls 99-98 to Lakers - Recap

The Lakers got a 34-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles handed Atlanta a 99-98 defeat on Sunday at STAPLES Center.

Bettors who backed the Lakers were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 5.5. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 206.5.

Steve Nash had 15 points for Los Angeles and Metta World Peace chipped in with 13 points. Steve Nash had 10 assists for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 15 boards.

Atlanta got 24 points from Al Horford in a losing cause and another 19 points from Josh Smith. Josh Smith contributed 7 assists for the Hawks, while Johan Petro had 8 rebounds.

Los Angeles led at halftime, 52-45.

Los Angeles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 43-36.

Los Angeles looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Thunder. The Hawks will aim to get back on the winning track at Denver.