NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at New York
(Monday, February 2nd)
Final Score: LA Lakers 126, New York 117
New York, NY (Sports Network) - On a day where the Lakers were dealt some bad news, Kobe Bryant electrified his team by setting a scoring record at the current Madison Square Garden, tallying 61 points en route to a Los Angeles 126-117 victory over the New York Knicks.
Bryant edged Bernard King's 60 points for the Knicks in a game against New Jersey on Christmas Day of 1984. The previous opponent's high was 55 points, set by Michael Jordan on March 28, 1995. Bryant finished 19-of-31 from the field and 20-for-20 from the charity stripe to set a season-high.
"It's a blessing to do what you love and have moments like this," said Bryant. "I felt like I needed to focus more."
Earlier Monday, it was announced that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss between 8-to-12 weeks after an MRI exam on his right knee showed a tear of the medial collateral ligament.
Pau Gasol added 31 points and 14 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season for the Lakers, who have won three in a row and seven of eight overall. Trevor Ariza totaled 13 points and eight assists in the win.
David Lee notched 22 points and 12 boards for his 36th double-double on the year for New York, which had a three-game win streak halted.
Al Harrington had in 24 points for the Knicks, who had a five-game win streak at Madison Square Garden snapped. Wilson Chandler gave 20 points and Nate Robinson 13.
The Lakers grabbed a 31-26 lead after 12 minutes and Bryant's 34 first-half points led to a 65-54 Lakers lead at the intermission.
Harrington's layup brought the Knicks within seven points just prior to the midway point of the third quarter. However, Gasol had a pair from the line and Bryant added four straight points to give the visitors an 84-71 lead.
New York managed to trim that deficit slightly, 96-86, heading into the final 12 minutes.
Ariza's finger roll and two free throws from Gasol opened a 100-86 LA lead with 10:23 still left in the contest.
Two free throws from Bryant opened a 126-106 Lakers lead with just over 2 1/2 minutes left.
"He played really well, he got on a roll and when a guy gets hot like that it's hard to stop," said Lee of Bryant. "There's very few guys who can do that, so congratulations to him."
It was the fifth 60-plus point game of Bryant's career...It was Harrington's 17th 20-plus point game...The Pacific Division-leading Lakers improved to 3-0 on a six-game road trip Monday. LA improved to 15-5 away from Hollywood this season and will also visit Toronto, Boston and Cleveland on the road swing...New York kicked off a grueling three-game homestand Monday and will also face the Cavaliers and Celtics. The club is 14-10 in the Big Apple this season...The Lakers have won four straight and 12 of the past 16 matchups. New York has lost seven of 10 games at home against the Lakers.
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