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News » Lakers take it easy vs. Knicks for 4th straight win

Lakers take it easy vs. Knicks for 4th straight win

Lakers take it easy vs. Knicks for 4th straight win

Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler scored 15 points apiece for the Knicks, who opened a three-game West Coast swing with their fifth straight loss to the defending NBA champions.

Los Angeles led by 24 in the third quarter before New York's late rally against the Lakers' reserves trimmed another potential blowout to respectability. Los Angeles also committed 25 turnovers, but the Lakers still haven't really been challenged in three games since Gasol's return from injury.

Bryant set a Madison Square Garden record with 61 points in the teams' last meeting, but the Lakers needed much less help to beat New York on the other coast for their 10th win in 12 games.

Chandler's 5-for-20 shooting performance didn't help, but size was the most obvious offensive problem for the Knicks. The Lakers' advantages were obvious from the opening jump ball, when 7-footers Gasol and Bynum looked down on 6-foot-9 center David Lee and 6-10 Danilo Gallinari. Even 6-10 reserve Lamar Odom grabbed 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.

The entire evening got off to a poor start for the Knicks, whose team bus carrying coach Mike D'Antoni didn't arrive at Staples Center until less than an hour before game time, slowed by Westside traffic from the team's hotel in Santa Monica.

Los Angeles finished the first half on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead. The Lakers then turned a 59-52 advantage into a 24-point margin with a relentless series of baskets and defense, with Bryant leading the way on both ends.

Bryant then hit a fallaway 3-pointer and a tough jumper in the final seconds of the quarter, although Robinson made a double-clutch 3-pointer from near midcourt at the buzzer to cut Los Angeles' lead to 21.


Bryant returns to the Garden on Jan. 22. He made 20 free throws without a miss in his 61-point game last February. ... Stevie Wonder, comedians George Lopez and Richard Lewis, and actor Jason Patric attended the game.

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