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NBA roundup: Kobe Bryant, Lakers thwart Hawks

Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left, leading the Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Steve Blake stole Josh Smith’s final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers (30-30), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last 6 points.

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