In his fifth game since returning from an Achilles injury, Bryant struggled throughout the night. He had six assists and five turnovers in the point guard role and finished with eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.
The Lakers (11-13) fell to 1-4 with Bryant on the court.
The Hawks (13-12) posted a season-high point total and took control in the third quarter against a short-handed Los Angeles team that ranks 29th in the NBA in points allowed. The Lakers are allowing an average of 108.2 points since Bryant returned.
ATLANTA guard Kyle Korver missed his first five 3-point attempts before hitting three in the third quarter to extend his NBA record streak to 94 games with at least one made 3-pointer. Korver's 3-pointers also ignited a 17-2 run that helped the Hawks erase a halftime deficit and led them to a 70-62 lead midway through the third quarter. ATLANTA was on top 82-73 heading into the fourth quarter.
"In the third quarter, I thought our aggressiveness and our intensity on the defensive end set the tone for a good second half," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I thought the whole group responded in the second half. Great intensity, great aggressiveness. I think we played off of our defense. We moved the ball well. We found the open guy. That's how we want to play."
"We struggled tonight on offense," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "At one point, the ball just stopped (moving). It would go to one side and would stay on that side. We did not compete in the second half the way (the Hawks) did."
"We have to do a better job taking the burden off (Bryant)," D'Antoni said.
"Guys may not play minutes, but when you come back, you're ready," said Hawks forward Elton Brand, who had eight points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. "Tonight is showed. I think this is our best effort."
NOTES: Lakers G Kobe Bryant moved into sixth place on the NBA's all-time minutes list, passing Elvin Hayes. ... The Hawks recalled G Dennis Schroder from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. G Jared Cunningham was assigned to the Jam. ... The Lakers entered Monday's games leading the NBA in made 3-pointers per game at 10.0. ... Hawks PG Jeff Teague received a technical foul after expressing some frustration to an official while walking off the court at halftime. ... Hawks PF Gustavo Ayon missed his fourth straight game with ankle and leg injuries.