NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at New York
(Friday, January 22nd)
Final Score: LA Lakers 115, New York 105
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, carrying the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-105 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden.
Pau Gasol recorded 20 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Bynum scored 19 for the Lakers, who were coming off a 93-87 loss at Cleveland. Ron Artest and Shannon Brown each netted 11 points in the win.
"I thought we played decent. We didn't play great," Artest said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win, and that's important."
David Lee posted 31 points and 17 rebounds, while Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari ended with 28 and 20 points, respectively, for the Knicks, who have lost three of their last four.
LA trailed by one to begin the fourth, though three free throws and a Lamar Odom jumper put the visitors on top 89-85 just over two minutes in.
It was a two-point Lakers lead before Odom hit a jumper and Gasol made consecutive field goals for a 99-91 cushion with 7:04 to play.
Bryant, who on Thursday became the youngest player to reach 25,000 career points, drained a three-pointer a little later pushed the lead to 104-93, and the Lakers cruised from there.
"They were playing more aggressive [in the fourth quarter]...We couldn't match their intensity," Gallinari said.
Both teams came out firing in the first quarter, which ended in a Jordan Farmar three for a 36-30 Lakers lead.
The Knicks battled back to tie it, 63-63, at halftime and held a slim 85-84 lead heading into the fourth.
LA made 12-of-23 from three-point range, compared to a 6-for-22 effort from the Knicks...Gasol also recorded four blocks...Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was in attendance to promote the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
01/23 00:35:44 ET