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Lakers snap nine-game losing streak in convincing win over Hawks

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers finally headed in the right direction on Sunday night snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 132-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks

It was a balanced offensive effort with eight players in double figures while reaching a season-high 26 points in the convincing win over Atlanta behind a season-best 55.8 percent from the field and 16 three-pointers. 

Brandon Ingram led the way offensively with a well-balanced offensive performance notching a team-high 20 points with seven assists. It marked his 10th 20-point outing of the season while he fell just two short of tying his career in assists in the win. 

“I don’t think anyone like losing, especially with some of the talent we have in this room and how hard we work in practice,” Ingram said. “I think today we had a little bit more energy, a little more rhythm to our game, and it looked to like we were confident in everything we did.”

In his second game back, rookie Lonzo Ball put up an encouraging outing nearly flirting with a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in the win. Following the game, Ball voiced that he felt the team’s success in transition tying a franchise-best mark of 42 fast break points fit right into his skill set in that aspect of the game.

“I think watching it you can see that we’re having a lot of fun when we play like that,” Ball said. “It benefits my game perfectly. I’ve played like that my whole life, so tonight was definitely a good one.”

Los Angeles has seen their season quickly go south over the last two seasons falling well out of the playoff picture to one of the worst records in the league in the process. With another home tilt on the docket for Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings, head coach Luke Walton has eyes on making this type of team performance a more consistent thing. 

“This is our guys coming out competing and getting a win,” Walton said. “What we will do is go hard in practice tomorrow and get a win against Sacramento.”

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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