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Postby lossjean on Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:16 pm

ATLANTA -- Larry Drew remembers thinking as a young Lakers assistant coach that Kobe Bryants talent "was off the charts" when the teen made his NBA debut with Los Angeles in 1996. Pro Bowl Baltimore Ravens Jersey . Fifteen years later, Drew isnt surprised to see Bryant still climbing the charts as the sixth-best scorer in NBA history. Bryant scored 26 points to pass Moses Malone for sixth on the career scoring list and the Lakers beat Drews Atlanta Hawks 101-87 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight win. "Hes very unique," said Drew, in his first season as the Hawks coach, of the Lakers star. "I was in L.A. when we traded for him, and you saw the talent. "It was a matter of understanding and picking his spots and learning to play the game on the NBA level. And he did that. ... Hes a phenomenal player." Bryant, a 13-time all-star, began the night 12 points from matching Malones 27,409 points. He passed Malone when he made three free throws with 2:05 remaining in the first half. Bryant has moved past an impressive list of Hall of Fame scorers this season. He passed Malone one week after eclipsing Elvin Hayes for seventh. He also has topped the scoring totals of Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Dominique Wilkins and John Havlicek this season. "Im just very fortunate, thats all," Bryant said. The Lakers took a three-game losing streak into the all-star break. Since then, theyve won eight straight, a streak that began with a similar 104-80 home win over the Hawks on Feb. 22. Bryant said the Lakers "are just all on the same page." "Were making people take contested shots and taking them out of areas theyre comfortable in," Bryant said. "Its not necessarily that were winning games, but how were winning them. Were really playing well. Were not making too many mistakes." Bryant had good support as the Lakers overwhelmed the Hawks with their depth and power game inside. The Lakers seven-footers -- Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol -- both had double-doubles and dramatically affected the Hawks shot selection. Center Al Horford relied on jump shots for his 17 points. Bynum had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. It was his third straight game with 16 or more rebounds. "He wasnt the leading scorer but he still impacted the game," said the Lakers Lamar Odom of Bynum. "That shows you how important he is to us." Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds. "Kobe is going to get his shots," said Atlantas Joe Johnson. "I think we all knew we had to try to limit guys around him. I think the guys around him played big." Josh Smith scored 16 points for the Hawks, who have lost four of five. Drew used his small lineup, with Horford joined by Smith and Marvin Williams on Atlantas front line. Drew wanted the Hawks to use their running game to beat the Lakers. "We tried to put a lot of emphasis on playing up-tempo, and it seemed like we ran out of gas," Drew said. After leading 57-49 at halftime, the Lakers scored the first six points of the second half and stretched their lead to 22 points at 79-57 late in the third period. Smith had a three-point play in a 9-0 run for Atlanta to cut the lead to 90-82. The Lakers answered with an 8-0 run, including Bryants three-pointer with 3:22 remaining. Lakers fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" as Bryant made two free throws with 1:02 remaining. The free throws gave Los Angeles a 100-84 lead. Lakers coach Phil Jackson stuck with most of his starters for the final minute. "It was a good performance, but after the game the mood was Lets get on to the next game," Jackson said. Los Angeles had five players in double figures before the end of the third period. Notes: Celebrities in the crowd included Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White and former NBA star Julius Erving, who lives in Atlanta. ... 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San Jose (5-2-1) won for the fifth time in its last seven matches, a span that includes five wins, and for the second time in four road matches this season. Seattle (3-4-3) lost for the third time at home this season, which is one more loss than all of last season.RENTON, Wash. -- Free-agent guard Chester Pitts has agreed with the Seattle Seahawks on a US$2-million, one-year contract on the eve of training camp. The team announced the deal on Thursday. Pitts was a starter with the Houston Texans from 2002 until last season. Seahawks veterans are due to report to camp Friday. The first practice is Saturday. Pitts started 114 games for Houston, first as a left tackle and then inn 2006 as a left guard. Chris Ivory Jersey. The Texans second-round pick in 2002 rejoins former Houston line coach Alex Gibbs in Seattle. Pitts will get a chance to start on a revamped Seahawks line. 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