Atlanta Takes Down New-Look Lakers

ATLANTA (AP) _ Joe Johnson and Josh Smith were the stars as
Atlanta downed the Los Angeles Lakers 98-95.
Johnson finished with a game-high 28 points, including four free
throws in the final 23 seconds. Johnson also pressured Kobe Bryant
into a key turnover with eight seconds left.
Smith added 17 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and five
blocks while the Hawks kept Bryant and Lakers newcomer Pau Gasol
(paw gah-SAHL') in check. Rookie center Al Horford contributed 15
points and a season-best 20 rebounds to Atlanta's third straight
win.
Bryant finished with 10 assists but scored only 11 points on
4-of-16 shooting, one night after he was held to a season-low six
points. Gasol missed nine of his 14 shots and finished with 12
points after netting 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Lakers debut
Tuesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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