NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 24th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (3-10) at Los Angeles Lakers (10-3), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks kick off a three-game tour of the Western Conference Tuesday when they take on the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
The Knicks have been more competitive recently and are coming off a tough loss to Boston on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Garnett hit the game- winning bucket at the overtime buzzer in that one, as the Celtics escaped the world's most famous arena with a 107-105 victory over New York.
David Lee had 22 points and 15 boards and hit the game-tying basket with 9.3 seconds left in overtime, but the Knicks failed to extend their winning streak to three games. Al Harrington paced New York with 30 points, while fellow reserve Nate Robinson scored 19 in a losing effort.
"I'm just really pleased with our effort, the way we executed at different times," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Our defense is a lot better."
New York will also visit Sacramento and Denver on its trip.
The Lakers, meanwhile, improved to 3-1 on a five-game homestand Sunday when Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, yanked down six rebounds and had seven assists as Los Angeles used a strong first half to run past Oklahoma City, 101-85.
Andrew Bynum added 25 points and nine boards for the Lakers, who beat the Thunder franchise for an 11th straight time. Pau Gasol tallied 15 points, seven boards and six assists in the victory, LA's third in a row overall.
"I liked the ability of Pau and Andrew playing together," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "This adds a dimension to our team. Everybody helped each other out."
Bryant will be facing the Knicks tonight for the first time since dropping 61 points on them in February of last season.
LA has won four straight games over New York, which has a miserable history in Staples Center. The Knicks are a dismal 3-17 in the building 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.
11/24 10:27:17 ET