Another victory won't move the Los Angeles Lakers back into the Western Conference playoff picture, but it will lift them to .500.
The Lakers will try to get to the break-even point for the first time in more than two months on Sunday night when they go for a seventh straight home victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Acquiring Dwight Howard and two-time MVP Steve Nash in the offseason brought championship expectations, but this Lakers team has grossly underachieved.
Los Angeles (29-30), though, is enjoying its best stretch of the season with 12 wins in 17 games. The Lakers are just 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Houston and eyeing a .500 record for the first time since they were 15-15 on Dec. 28.
"We've had enough time together where we've turned a corner and we're making improvement instead of continually taking steps back,'' said Nash, who had 10 points and seven assists in Thursday's 116-94 home win over Minnesota. "I think that improvement has been a long time coming, but it's o...