Hawks hold off Kobe, Lakers in 86-76 win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday, March 29, 2009. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant wasn't feeling well. It showed.

Mike Bibby scored 21 points -- including an improbable 3 off the top of the backboard -- and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage of a tough game for Bryant, beating Los Angeles 86-76 Sunday to knock the Lakers another game behind Cleveland in the race for the NBA's best overall record.

The Hawks led nearly the entire way, bouncing back from consecutive home losses to two other elite teams, San Antonio and defending champion Boston.

The Lakers had won five straight, locking up the top seed in the Western Conference, but an ailing Bryant had just 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting. Cleveland extended its lead for the best record to two games with a 102-74 win over Dallas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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