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Dennis Schröder, Al Horford lead shorthanded Hawks to win over Lakers

Dennis Schröder finished with 24 points and 10 assists to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 91-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Despite some nervous moments coming down the stretch, the Atlanta Hawks hung on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-86 Sunday night for their first victory at Staples Center since the 2006 season.

The Hawks entered the game down three starters after Mike Budenholzer elected to give the night off to Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap. They lost their fourth early in the second quarter when Kyle Korver exited the game due to a broken nose.

Second-year guard took advantage of his opportunity to start and turned in a career-best performance finishing with 24 points and 10 assists. Atlanta controlled the game for much of the second half but a scoring drought in the fourth quarter made things tense at the end.

Wesley Johnson cut the Hawks' lead to 85-83 with 30 seconds remaining. Budenholzer again turned to Schröder who found a slight opening in the pick and roll and darted to the basket for a lay in to put Atlanta up 87-83 with 13.9 remaining. Kent Bazemore knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the lead to six before Ryan Kelly buried a three-pointer with 6.9 remaining to cut Atlanta's lead back to three.

The Lakers then fouled Schröder with just over five seconds remaining who calmly strolled to the line and buried two attempts to seal the victory.

Al Horford stuffed the stat sheet finishing with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and career-high tying five steals. Ten of Horford's 21 points came in the third quarter as Atlanta pushed the lead to 10 points. Shelvin Mack scored 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter and picked up the slack after Korver left playing 35 minutes.

Atlanta wins despite shooting 5-23 from three-point range and getting out rebounded 54-34. The Hawks took advantage of 22 turnovers by the Lakers which led to 28 points.

It will be a short turnaround for the Hawks who will finish off a back-to-back set against the Sacramento Kings on Monday.