New York Knicks (17-5) Defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (9-14) by a final score of 116-107.
What an apropos 1st Quarter for the Knicks in Mike D'Antoni's homecoming, scoring 41 points and virtually hitting every single shot they took. Carmelo Anthony led the way scoring 22 of his 30 points in the 1st quarter (the most by a single player in a quarter all season). Carmelo did leave the game in the 3rd with a sprained knee, and a sprained ankle, but word is he is day to day, and X-rays were not needed, which obviously is great news. He is still not expected to play vs Cleveland.
The Lakers went on a mini run in the 4th cutting the Knicks lead to 7, when the Knicks quickly responded with a gorgeous Felton alley-oop to Chandler, which then proceeded the nail in the coffin three pointer by J.R. Smith.
Even though Raymond Felton Took 26 shots (19 Points 8 assists) the stat that sticks out to me the most is one Turnover. The Knicks are on pace this season to break the turnover differential record which is astonishing. Keep playing that type of basketball and it won't matter much if you are being out-rebounded, that is a key ingredient to maximizing possessions, and winning ballgames.
The Knicks bench once again came to play outscoring the Lakers bench 38-27.
This win opened up a 6 game homestand at MSG for the Knicks where this season they are 9-0, and a ridiculous 20-1 overall Under Mike Woodson.
This was the Knicks 3rd straight Win, and the Lakers 4th straight Loss.
Next Game: 12/15 VS Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 PM MSG