Kobe Bryant didn't score his first points until 21 minutes into the game, missing seven of eight shots.
Hawks 26, Lakers 19 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers let an early lead fade when center Dwight Howard got into foul trouble four minutes into their game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta scored eight consecutive points to turn a five-point deficit into a three-point lead.
The Lakers shot 34.8% from the field, playing against a short-handed Hawks team without All-Star forward Josh Smith, center Zaza Pachulia, point guard Jeff Teague and guard Lou Williams.
Lakers forward Metta World Peace led all scorers with eight points.
The Hawks were led by Kyle Korver with seven points while shooting 54.5% as a team. Anthony Tolliver, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro and Devin Harris served as replacement starters.
The Lakers (34-31) visit the Atlanta Hawks (34-29) on Wednesday evening, with both teams playing their second games on back-to-back nights.
It took a last-second shot from Kobe Bryant for the Lakers to beat the Hawks earlier this season at Staples Center.
Atlanta will be short-handed without center Zaza Pachulia (sore Achilles' tendon) and point guard Jeff Teague (sprained ankle). Power forward Josh Smith (sore knee) will be a game-time decision.
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