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Up next for the Lakers: Tuesday night vs. Atlanta

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith lead the Hawks (18-10) into a 7:30 game at Staples Center.

February 14, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Hawks guard Joe Johnson (2) is congratulated by teammates Josh Smith (5) and Jeff Teague after scoring against the New Jersey Nets in the second half during an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Hawks defeated the Nets 105-98. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser
Hawks guard Joe Johnson (2) is congratulated by teammates Josh Smith (5)… (Erik S. Lesser / Associated…)

When: 7:30.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330.

Records: Lakers 16-12, Hawks 18-10.

Record vs. Hawks (2010-11): 2-0.

Update: This is the start of a five-game trip for the Hawks, whose 9-5 road record is one of the best in the NBA. Though guard Joe Johnson averages a team-leading 18.2 points, many consider Atlanta's best player to be well-rounded forward Josh Smith, who is averaging 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 blocks. Johnson made the All-Star team, but Smith was not selected by Eastern Conference coaches who picked the reserves.

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