LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives around Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half at Staples Center on February 22 2011 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Lakers have beaten the Hawks five straight times in Los Angeles.
After two weeks away, the Los Angeles Lakers return home Tuesday night to host the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center. The Lakers went 3-3 on their six-game road trip to put their road record at 5-10 on the season, but at home they are a much better team, at 11-2 on the season.
Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning jump shot from the right baseline on Sunday in Toronto with 4.8 seconds left in the game, giving the Lakers (16-12) a 94-92 win over the Raptors. The shot was the 16th regular season game-winning field goal in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime for Bryant, the most among active NBA players.
The Lakers host a contending Hawks team (18-10) that is 9-5 both at home and away. The Hawks have won four straight road games, and are 11-6 since losing forward Al Horford to a left pectoral injury. Joe Johnson leads Atlanta in scoring this season at 18.2 points per game and was named an All-Star reserve for the sixth consecutive season.
The Lakers have beaten the Hawks five straight times in Los Angeles. This is the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Tuesday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.