LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Jordan Clarkson added 18 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of two injured starters for a 109-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
Nick Young scored 17 points as the Lakers swept their season series with Atlanta in a confident second-half performance.
Los Angeles (9-9) won for just the second time in six games during a brutal part of its schedule, as Williams led a fourth-quarter surge past his former team for the second time this month.
Kent Bazemore scored 21 points and Dwight Howard added 19 points and nine rebounds amid constant boos for the Hawks, who have lost five of six after a 9-2 start to the season.
Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell missed another game due to injuries, but the Lakers compensated for the absence of two starters with a balanced offensive effort including eight players with at least seven points. Randle missed his third game with a hip pointer, while Russell is out for at least two weeks to rest a sore left knee.
But Young returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s loss to Golden State with a sprained toe, and he immediately made another big impact in his resurgent season.
Young scored 12 points in the second quarter, hitting three of his four first-half 3-pointers while the Lakers swiftly turned a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead.
The Lakers won at Atlanta 123-116 earlier this month, with Williams scoring 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in his home state. He played two seasons for the Hawks from 2012-14.
Although Howard wore a new uniform, he constantly received the same vociferous disdain that will follow him at Staples Center for his entire career. The big center spurned the Lakers in free agency in 2013 after one tumultuous season alongside Kobe Bryant, taking $20 million less than Los Angeles offered him and signing with Houston.
Howard scored 13 points in the first quarter, but had little success afterward.
Hawks: Bazemore spent 23 games with the Lakers late in the 2013-14 season after a trade with Golden State. He left as a free agent for Atlanta. … Atlanta made its third stop on a five-game road trip. … Former Lakers forward Ryan Kelly played in the closing minutes.
Lakers: The club celebrated the 100th birthday of late broadcaster Chick Hearn with tributes throughout the game. Among his numerous achievements in a Hall of Fame career, Hearn called 3,338 consecutive Lakers games from 1965 until he had heart surgery during the 2001-02 season. … Los Angeles played its 10th home game in the first 33 days of the season. The Lakers only have three home games in the next 27 days before a Christmas meeting with the Clippers. … Thomas Robinson had a season-high nine points in his first start for the Lakers.
Hawks: Road trip continues at Golden State on Monday.
Lakers: Open a four-game road trip at New Orleans on Tuesday.