By CHARLES ODUM, AP sports journalist
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 36 points and the Atlanta Hawks earned their seventh straight win as they rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-121 on Sunday.
Young also had 12 assists. John Collins added 20 points with 11 rebounds and Clint Capela scored 15 points.
Malik Monk led Los Angeles with 33 points in the Lakers’ third straight loss, all without LeBron James.
James was not with the team due to continued swelling in his left knee. He returned to Los Angeles for treatment.
The Hawks matched their longest winning streak of the season as they fought back after leading 101-91 early in the fourth quarter. The Lakers scored a season-high 71 points in the first half while shooting 71.4 percent from the field, but they couldn’t continue the hot shot in the final period.
Anthony Davis, returning after missing a game with right wrist pain, had 27 points for Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook added 20 points.
Monk’s eighth 3-pointer tied it at 121. De’Andre Hunter made one of two free throws for Atlanta before Young threw a 3-pointer for a four-point lead.
Young stretched the lead by making two free throws with 25 seconds remaining.
Going into Sunday’s games, the Hawks were 10th in the Eastern Conference. They were 12th before the winning streak.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game that an MRI on James’ knee revealed “general swelling”.
“As long as the swelling is there, he’ll be out,” Vogel said.
Monk was on the right track in his comeback after missing a game with left groin pain. Monk wet 4 for 5 from the 3-point ranger in the first half. His last-second 3 capped a 10-2 run to close the half, sending the Lakers into the break with a 71-62 lead.
Monk set a season high by scoring 29 points in the Lakers’ 134-118 home win over the Hawks on Jan. 7. Monk once again feasted on the Atlanta defense to set a new season high.
Lakers: The 71 points in the first half set a season high for either half. The Lakers hit 30 of 42 shots from the field (71.4%) in the half. … Monk made 8 of 14 3s.
Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu had four dunks in the final period to score 16 points. … Atlanta also won seven straight games from Nov. 14-26.
Lakers: After completing a six-game road trip, host Portland on Wednesday night.
Hawks: hosts Toronto Monday night.
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