(NEW YORK) — Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points in less than three quarters of play, to help lead the New York Knicks (17-5) to a 116-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony, who scored 22 points in the first quarter, left the game at the 6:33 mark of the third quarter when he fell awkwardly on his ankle after a hard foul by Lakers center Dwight Howard.
“When I saw him (Anthony) go down I just wanted him to get up,” Knicks guard Jason Kidd said. “But we had to go without him and the guys just stuck together.”
As for the Lakers (9-14), Kobe Bryant’s 31 points weren’t enough as they lost their fourth straight game.
“This is just a team that doesn’t really have any stability,” Bryant said. “There is no real sense of purpose in what we want to do. At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule.”
The Lakers play next on Friday night in Washington against the Wizards, while the Knicks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday.
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