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The Lakers, who have scored 100 or more points in only three of their first 29 games, led 42-41 at halftime after Metta World Peace hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds on the clock. It was the team's only field goal in 14 attempts during the final 6:39 of the second quarter -- a drought that began after reserve swingman Troy Murphy's 3 gave them a 38-30 lead.
"We're not a high-octane team in terms of getting easy baskets in transition because we just don't have that type of player -- not even in our first unit, which has two 7-footers," Brown said. "We're going to be a halfcourt-executing team, so we're not going to lead the league in fast-break points and there won't be a high number of possessions."
World Peace, who has started the last seven games, criticized Brown in an interview with CBSSports.com during the road trip because of the way he's been used. He said Brown was too consumed with individual statistics, and the two of them talked about it at Monday's practice.
"If I were him, I'd be frustrated, too," Brown said. "I told him: `I don't take anything personally. I'm OK with it. But if was a stats guy, Metta, you wouldn't be playing at all. I mean, look at your stats. And Synergy says you're the 192nd-best defensive player in the league. So if I was just a stats guy, the guy who should be playing at the small forward spot is Devin Ebanks -- because he's shooting better than you or Matt (Barnes).'"
Former Laker Vladimir Radmanovic entered the game with 2:57 left in the first quarter and hit a pair of 3-pointers 68 seconds apart before Tracy McGrady beat the buzzer with another 3 to cut the Hawks' deficit to 27-24. Atlanta was 7 for 27 overall from behind the arc. The Lakers, who came in with a league-worst 39.1 percentage from 3-point range, were 8 for 17.
Reserve center Erick Dampier, playing in his third game with Atlanta after signing a 10-day contract last Thursday, was the first player off the Hawks' bench and played 16 scoreless minutes with four rebounds.
NOTES: Tough Love Dept.: The Hawks are 0-6 against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day -- including an 87-86 loss in 1996, when Magic Johnson posted his first triple-double since returning to the Lakers after announcing in 1991 that he was retiring because of the HIV virus. ... The Lakers also hosted Atlanta in their first game following last year's Grammy road trip, beating them 104-80. ... Since moving into Staples Center for the 1999-00 season, the Lakers have a .747 winning percentage during the regular season when they play a home game immediately following a road game (168-57). ... Bryant has had the Lakers' highest-scoring game against 18 of the league's other 29 franchises. But the most productive game by any Laker against the Hawks was by Elgin Baylor, who had back-to-back 52-point outings against the St. Louis Hawks during a three-day stretch in December 1961.
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