ATLANTA — The bottom line on the Lakers’ 86-76 loss today to the Atlanta Hawks was that they didn’t get the ball to Pau Gasol often enough. Gasol led the Lakers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He made 7 of 10 shots, the only Lakers starter to shoot better than 50 percent. The Lakers shot a meager 35 percent as a team.
Gasol on the outcome: “It definitely wasn’t a good game for us. As a team, we didn’t play well. I don’t know exactly why we were so out of whack and missing so much, but that was the way it turned out.”
More from Gasol: “Our outside shots weren’t going down, so we should have gone inside a little more. This is just one of those games when we didn’t realize how to attack the Hawks. They really confused us (defensively).”
Coach Phil Jackson on Gasol and Kobe Bryant (17 points on 7-for-19 shooting): “Pau had a good game, but I think he may have been a little too unselfish at times. Kobe did some good things out there, but he did miss some shots.”
Bryant on the Hawks: “(They) have played us well in this building (Philips Arena). Tonight was one of their better shooting nights against us. My hat is off to them for maintaining control of the game and withstanding our runs.”