|W. Johnson||SF||C. Anthony|
|R. Kelly||PF||A. Bargnani|
|P. Gasol||C||T. Chandler|
|J. Meeks||SG||R. Felton|
|K. Marshall||PG||I. Shumpert|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until early February
S. Nash: Back Out until early February
S. Blake: Elbow Out until early February
X. Henry: Knee Out until late January
J. Farmar: Hamstring Out until early February
M. Peace: Knee Questionable
A. Bargnani Elbow Out
K. Martin: Ankle Out
Amar'e Stoudemire: Ankle Out
Anthony Scores 35, Knicks Beat Lakers 110-103
By Brian Mahoney | January 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony followed his 62-point game with 35 more, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-103 on Sunday.
Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night Friday, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers had cut the Knicks' lead to two with just over 5 minutes left.
And he had plenty of help as the Knicks won their second straight following a five-game losing streak.
Raymond Felton scored 20 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 and J.R. Smith 16 for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Jodie Meeks scored 24 points for the Lakers, but he was shut out in the fourth quarter after scoring 16 in the third. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers dropped their fourth straight to finish 2-5 on their Grammy Awards road trip.
Anthony's 62 points were a career high, most at in the NBA this season and most at the current Madison Square Garden, one more than Kobe Bryant scored five years ago. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who coached Anthony in New York, said the key for the Lakers was to contain everyone else, knowing Anthony would score.
Bryant is still unable to play as he recovers from a broken left knee. He said he called to congratulate Anthony after Friday's game, and though he stressed his appreciation for MSG, said having the building record wasn't particularly important to him.
He also noted that Anthony, who will become a free agent this summer, may have to tell the Knicks he won't settle for being on a non-contender, as Bryant did with the Lakers, and that the talent around him needed to be upgraded.
It was good enough Sunday until Anthony took over.
He followed his own missed shot with 4:52 left, made a jumper and then scored on a drive that pushed the Knicks' lead to 105-98 with 2:33 to play. Manny Harris scored a season-high 18 points for the Lakers, who stayed in it until late by making 12 of 18 shots in the third quarter, including 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc.
The Lakers scored the final nine points of the first quarter, shooting 57 percent in the period to lead 25-22. It was tied at 45 late in the second before Anthony made a 3-pointer and a jumper, and the Knicks led 51-47 at the break.
Notes: Bryant is due to have his knee examined after the Lakers return to Los Angeles. He said he was anxious to do something besides ride the stationary bike. ... The Knicks still have home games remaining against Boston on Tuesday, Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday to finish their eight-game homestand.
- Manny On MeloCarmelo Anthony drives strong to the basket and Manny Harris gets the block.
- Air JohnsonJodie Meeks intercepts the pass and finds Wesley Johnson streaking down the lane for the nasty two-hand throwdown.
- Windmill FlushJodie Meeks forces the turnover on Carmelo Anthony and Jordan Hill feeds Wesley Johnson for the windmill highlight dunk in transition.
All-Time Series Notes: Prior to 2011-12, the Lakers swept each of the previous four season series ... Dating back to the Minneapolis era, this will be the two teams’ 278th meeting and the 187th since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season ... In their last 10 overall games, the Lakers have gone 8-2 against the Knicks … Los Angeles had their nine-game win streak against New York snapped 2/10/12 at Madison Square Garden ... At home, the Lakers are 11-3 all-time against the Knicks at STAPLES Center ... In New York, the Lakers have gone 6-4 in their last 10 trips to Madison Square Garden ... On 2/2/09, Kobe Bryant scored a Madison Square Garden record 61 points (19-31 FG) while converting a franchise record for free throws made without a miss (20) ... Bryant’s 20 free throws without a miss tied for 2nd most in NBA history without a miss behind Dominique Wilkins’ 23-23 effort in December of 1992 ... It was the 5th time Bryant has scored 40+ points at MSG, with his 61 points surpassing Michael Jordan’s 55-point opponent record and Bernard King’s 60-point building record ... On January 31, 2006, the Lakers established a series record for largest margin of victory with a 130-97 win over the Knicks at MSG ... In that contest, Bryant led all scorers with 40 points while tying his own franchise record with 23 free throws made ... Additionally, Bryant’s 23 made free throws set an MSG record while his 26 attempts tied the building record ... In 32 career games (28 starts) against the Knicks, Bryant is averaging 27.2 points.
Connections: Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni and assistant Dan D’Antoni served in similar roles with the Knicks for three-plus seasons (2008-12) … Lakers G Kobe Bryant and Knicks F Carmelo Anthony helped the United States men’s basketball team capture consecutive gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics … Knicks F Metta World Peace played for the Lakers for four seasons (2009-2013), averaging 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 298 games (270 starts) … World Peace played alongside Bryant, F Pau Gasol and G Jordan Farmar to help the Lakers capture the 2010 NBA Championship … Lakers F Jordan Hill played for the Knicks under D’Antoni for the first part of 2009-10 … Knicks C Tyson Chandler (Dominguez HS) played his prep basketball locally in the Los Angeles area … Knicks F/C Amar’e Stoudemire and Lakers G Steve Nash were teammates in Phoenix from 2004 to 2010, where Stoudemire also played for D’Antoni … Knicks G J.R. Smith and Lakers G Steve Blake were teammates on the Nuggets for part of the 2006-07 season … Chandler, Stoudemire, Anthony, G Raymond Felton and G/F Iman Shumpert all played for D’Antoni with the Knicks … Knicks F Cole Aldrich and Lakers G Xavier Henry played together collegiately at Kansas University in 2009-10, guiding the Jayhawks to a 33-3 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.