Lakers Vs. Hawks: Bynum, Gasol Key L.A. Win Over Atlanta

The Lakers have beaten the Hawks six straight times in Los Angeles.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Home-And-Home With Phoenix Suns This Weekend

The well-rested Los Angeles Lakers have but one team to focus on for their upcoming weekend schedule. The Lakers, who last played on Tuesday night, an 86-78 home win over the Atlanta Hawks, host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at Staples Center, then fly to Arizona to battle the Suns at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Sunday night.

The Lakers (17-12) have beaten Phoenix three straight times, including a 99-83 win against the Suns on January 10. In that game, the Lakers closed the game with a 16-1 run and were led by Kobe Bryant, who scored an NBA season-high 48 points in the victory.

The Lakers are 12-2 at home this season, and have beaten the Suns two straight times at Staples Center. But the Lakers are just 5-10 on the road this season, though they have won three straight contests in Phoenix. The Suns (12-18) have lost three straight games and four of their last five.

Friday: Suns at Lakers, 7:30 p.m. PST (ESPN, Fox Sports West)

Sunday: Lakers at Suns, 5 p.m. PST (KCAL)

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Lakers Vs. Hawks Final Score: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Key 86-78 Victory

The big men for the Los Angeles Lakers came up big on Tuesday night. Pau Gasol scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds, leading the Lakers to an 86-78 win over the Atlanta Hawks in a defensive battle at Staples Center Tuesday night.

Gasol had four blocks, one shy of his season high, and Bynum added two blocked shots, helping the Hawks (18-11) shoot 34.4% on the night. Atlanta also made just seven of 27 shots from beyond the three-point arc (25.9%).

Kobe Bryant scored a season-low 10 points for the Lakers (17-12) on 5-of-18 shooting, to go along with five turnovers, four rebounds, and four assists. The Lakers shot 44.0% from the field, including eight for 17 from three-point range (47.1%). The Lakers got two three-pointers apiece from Metta World Peace, Andrew Goudelock, and Troy Murphy. The Lakers' bench combined for 28 points.

The Lakers, now 12-2 at home this season, have two more days off before hosting the Phoenix Suns Friday night at Staples Center.

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Lakers Vs. Hawks Game Time, TV Info And More

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers return home Tuesday night to Staples Center, hosting the Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers last played a home game on January 31, and have played just one home game in the last 20 days. Here are the relevant details of Tuesday's NBA matchup:

Records: Lakers (16-12, tied for fifth in the Western Conference); Atlanta (18-10, fourth in the Eastern Conference)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, the first sporting event at the venue since February 2

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Atlanta, 104.0 points per 100 possessions (12th in NBA); Lakers, 103.1 (15th)

Defensive Efficiency: Atlanta, 99.8 (seventh); Lakers, 101.0 (11th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 11-2 at home this season; Atlanta is 9-5 on the road. The Lakers have beaten the Hawks five straight times in Los Angeles.

Tuesday Champions: The Lakers are 4-0 on Tuesday's this season, with three of the four wins by at least 16 points. All four games have been at home - wins against the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and Charlotte Bobcats - and the Lakers have outscored their opponents 102-82, on average.

JJ 10K: Atlanta shooting guard Joe Johnson was named an All-Star for the sixth consecutive season, the longest streak by a Hawks player since Dominique Wilkins made nine straight All-Star games from 1986 to 1994. Johnson needs 13 points to score 10,000 in his Atlanta career.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Having Chemistry Problems With Metta World Peace?

As the Los Angeles Lakers return home Tuesday night to face the Atlanta Hawks, there are questions surrounding the team. The team isn't playing terribly, but at 16-12 they are a mediocre squad these days, at 5-10 on the road and 7-8 in their last 15 games overall. Now comes word that team chemistry is bad, with Metta World Peace at the center of it.

The former Ron Artest has simply been terrible this season, averaging a career-low 4.7 points on 32.7% shooting, including 11 for 58 (19.0%) from three-point range. He has started the last eight games but still often finds himself at the bench during the fourth quarter, a decision World Peace does not agree with.

"He's always talking about how he should be playing no matter how bad he's shooting, but he can't figure out that when he takes bad shots and misses eight in a row it puts us in a hole," an anonymous Laker told Joe McDonnell of Fox Sports West. McDonnell also reported the team is willing to trade World Peace, though given his contract (two years left after this season) World Peace is nearly untradeable.

World Peace read the article by McDonnell and downplayed the problems in the Lakers' locker room, tweeting, "Don't believe the media. Lakers are fine. Me and coach have great relationship. Once we get use to each other --(wins on wins on wins)." Then, World Peace attacked the messenger:

Watch out for that McDonnell reporter guy trying to have team mates go against each other..#hedangerous
Feb 14 via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

"Margin of error is a luxury the Lakers are no longer in possession of," wrote C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll. "And as long as the Lakers remain what they are, a middling team struggling to make the playoffs, or if they deteriorate even further, you can expect the chemistry issues to continue to mount."

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.

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Lakers Vs. Hawks: L.A. Seeks Sixth Straight Home Win Against Atlanta

The Lakers have beaten the Hawks five straight times in Los Angeles.

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