NBA Game Summary - New York at LA Lakers
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 120, New York 109
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Sasha Vujacic scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles outlasted New York, 120-109, at the Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant added 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Lamar Odom chipped in with 22 points and 12 boards.
"Our coverage on defense was much better," said Bryant. "This was a good boost for us."
Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson both had 22 points for the Knicks, who have dropped three of four games. David Lee finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 boards.
"The last five or six minutes we didn't have good defensive execution," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "We lost our composure. No positives from this game."
The game was tightly contested throughout. The Lakers trailed by four, 104-100, when Robinson deposited a pair of free throws with 6:36 left in the game.
Los Angeles answered with an 10-0 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes to see- saw back in front. Odom and Bryant both converted two buckets in the flurry and the Lakers had a 110-104 lead with 4:11 remaining.
The Knicks had one last burst in them when Eddy Curry and Randolph hit consecutive hoops to make it a one-possession game, 110-108 with 3:10 remaining.
Los Angeles responded, however, and put things away. After Odom hit two from the line, Bryant converted a traditional three-point play and Vujacic put the dagger in New York by draining a three from the right corner to make it a 10- point game, 118-108, with just 1:14 left.
The Knicks held a slim 29-28 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and extended their lead to 61-58 at the half.
Things remained tight through the third quarter with New York taking an 87-85 edge into the final frame.
The Lakers' Luke Walton left the game after playing just eight-plus minutes with a hip pointer...This was the second and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On December 23rd, Kobe Bryant scored 39 points and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points as the Lakers defeated New York, 95-90, at Madison Square Garden...The Lakers are 17-7 at home this season...The Knicks are just 4-16 as the visitor this year.
01/30 01:47:49 ET