LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have the NBA’s highest-scoring bench and remarkable balance throughout their roster, as the Atlanta Hawks discovered for the second time this month.
Just 18 games removed from the worst season in franchise history, the Lakers are capable of handling the absence of two injured starters without a hitch.
Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Jordan Clarkson added 18 points and the Lakers beat the Hawks 109-94 on Sunday night without D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle.
Nick Young scored 17 points as the Lakers swept their season series with Atlanta in a confident performance that featured 10 players getting significant minutes and eight players scoring at least seven points. That prolific group of reserves piled up 65 points, but coach Luke Walton was more pleased by its shutdown work in…