(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Lakers just might have gotten their groove back. The team has now won five straight games after their 100-94 win over the New York Knicks.
While playing in his record 15th Christmas Day game, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while Metta World Peace dropped 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds. But perhaps more importantly for the surging Lakers was that point guard Steve Nash scored 16 points and dished out ten assists.
“It was an important win for us, I’ve been saying we’re a little bit desperate here,” Nash said after the win. We have to get on a roll, not only improve as a team but while we’re improving and figuring things out, we need to figure some things out. It was important to win our fifth in a row, it was important to win at home against a good team, and it was important the way we hung in there after they made that run to start the second half.”
For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony continued his scorching start to the season. He scored 34 poitns while pulling down seven rebounds.
Bryant passed Oscar Robertson as the NBA’s all-time Christmas Day scorer with 383 points.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN