NBA wrap: Lakers falls to Hawks; Celtics takes down 76ers

The Lakers are trying to work their way into a playoff spot, but fell short to the Hawks 117-113.

LeBron James (23) dribbles against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter.   -  AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

There was plenty of exciting basketball to go around Tuesday.

The Lakers are trying to work their way into a playoff spot, but fell short to the lowly Hawks 117-113.

LeBron James exploded for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in the loss. He tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles in NBA history, but Atlanta's young talent proved to be too much.

 

Rookie guard Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins tallied 22 points apiece. Young also posted 14 assists on the night.

Meanwhile, the Celtics still have the 76ers' number.

Philadelphia lost to Boston 112-109. The Celtics didn't have star point guard Kyrie Irving, so Al Horford took over the scoring load with 23 points. Gordon Hayward also chipped in 26 points off the bench.

Joel Embiid recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds in the loss while Jimmy Butler added 22 points and nine rebounds.

STUDS OF THE NIGHT

Nikola Vucevic recorded 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Magic's dominant 118-88 win over the Pelicans.

Avery Bradley scored a career-high 33 points as the Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 108-107.

Kevin Durant totaled 28 points and seven assists in the Warriors' 115-108 victory over Utah.

DUD OF THE NIGHT

Marcus Smart scored eight points on 3-of-14 shooting for the Celtics.

HIGHLIGHTS

Jayson Tatum split the defense with a spin move and capped it off by punching home a dunk.

 

Young dished out assists left and right in the Hawks' win over the Lakers.

 

What's Next?

Kings (30-26) at Nuggets (38-18) 9 p.m. ET — Sacramento is trying to stay afloat in the Western Conference while Denver is toward the top of the standings. Both teams feature promising, athletic players that run the floor nonstop. This matchup should be an entertaining one as the All-Star break approaches.