NBA Game Summary - New York at LA Lakers
(Tuesday, November 24th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 100, New York 90
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant continued his strong play against the Knicks, pouring in 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-90 win over New York in a matchup of teams heading in different directions.
Andrew Bynum tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, while Pau Gasol chipped in 11 points and 16 boards as the Lakers won their fourth straight contest - all by double digits.
Ron Artest scored 17 to go with seven boards for Los Angeles, which moved to 11-3 on the season. The Knicks have the exact opposite record.
Bryant was facing the Knicks for the first time since dropping a Madison Square Garden-record 61 points on them in February of last season. He was the catalyst Tuesday, scoring eight points during a 17-0 run in the third quarter.
"We played the game really well," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "The third quarter set the issue straight."
Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler each had 15 points for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row. David Lee had 13 points, Toney Douglas 12 and Danilo Gallinari 11 in defeat.
"It's hard to play against a team with three 7-footers," said Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni. "They're a really good team. Until someone says something different, they're the champs."
Lee's slam had the Knicks within 59-52 nearly two minutes into the third quarter, but the Lakers surged for the next 17 points to take command. Artest started the spurt with a layup and Derek Fisher nailed a three-pointer. Bryant's layup capped the flurry and LA was ahead 83-62 moving to the fourth, this despite Robinson hitting a shot from just inside half-court at the end of the period.
The Lakers were comfortably ahead the entire final period, although the Knicks did get within eight points, but that was with under a minute remaining.
LA was in front 30-24 after 12 minutes, but the Knicks moved in front, 41-40, with 3:26 left in the second following a pair of Chandler free throws. The Lakers responded with a 14-2 spurt, culminated by one Fisher foul shot. It was 55-45 at the intermission.
Fisher had 12 points, while Lamar Odom tallied 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won the last five meetings with the Knicks...New York has lost 10 of its last 13 on the road to the Lakers...LA visits Golden State Saturday night, while the Knicks next play at Sacramento on Wednesday before finishing the three-game west swing in Denver Friday night...The Lakers committed 25 turnovers...The Knicks are a dismal 3-18 at the Staples Center since it opened. However, all three wins came at the hands of the Lakers. Inexplicably, New York is winless (0-10) against the Lakers co-tenant, the hapless LA Clippers.
11/25 01:23:55 ET