The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a wonderful start on the road, beating the Atlanta Hawks 101-87 on Tuesday. The champs are 8-0 since All-Star Weekend, and have won the first two games of what looked to be a brutal four-game road trip by a combined 30 points. The Miami Heat await on Thursday, and the Lakers visit Dallas on Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 to pace L.A., and in the process passed Moses Malone for No. 6 on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He entered season in a sweet spot in terms of how tightly legends were grouped together on the list; he's passed Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Dominique Wilkins and John Havlicek this season, too.
The Hawks stayed close in the first quarter, but Lamar Odom and Kobe killed 'em in the second. Bryant scored 11 on 4-8 shooting in six minutes in the second, and Odom added six points as the Lakers opened up an eight-point halftime lead. It got nastier from there -- Atlanta scored just 16 in the third quarter, shooting 5-20.
Andrew Bynum had another wonderful game with 16 points and 16 rebounds.