29_35x90 knx_35x90

Latest Sports

Anthony’s 35 Leads Knicks Over Helpless Lakers, 110-103

View Comments
Lakers Central
Shop for Lakers Gear
Buy Lakers Tickets

NBA Scoreboard
NBA Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up
Lakers Photos
Lakers vs. FC Barcelona The Los Angeles Lakers face off with Pau Gasol’s former team and European Champions FC Barcelona on October 7, 2010. Nike's House of Hoops In Barcelona and Basketball Clinic Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol go against Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro on a 2-on-2 game Lakers Travel To London Pilots hold up a Lakers flag before the Los Angeles Lakers travel to London at LAX on September 30, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. Barcelona Goes Crazy For The Lakers The Lakers arrived in Barcelona, Spain to huge crowds and lots of media at their practice inside Palau Blaugrana stadium. Lakers star Pau Gasol is from Spain.

 NEW YORK (CBSLA.com/AP) — No 62-point game for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. He didn’t even match his first-half total from Friday night.

He didn’t have to, with the Knicks offering him plenty of support for a change.

Anthony scored 35 points, four teammates had at least 13, and New York beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-103 on Sunday.

“I don’t think they just wanted to watch me out there playing offensively,” Anthony said. “They wanted to be a part of it and they did.”

Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers cut the Knicks’ lead to two with just over 5 minutes left.

Raymond Felton scored a season-high 20 points, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 and J.R. Smith 16 for the Knicks, who won their second straight following a five-game losing streak. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“He’s a guy that, he just wants to win,” Felton said about Anthony. “Sometimes he likes to take it on his shoulders, so we have to take some of that pressure off of him by hitting shots, by making plays offensively.”

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, and 15 of their last 18 games, to finish 2-5 on their Grammy Awards road trip.

“Can we turn it around? I think we will,” Gasol said. “If we stick together, continue to work hard and get a couple of bodies back that are key, we can be a lot better and we can get much better results.”

Anthony’s 62 points against Charlotte were a career high, most 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.

They didn’t.

“Melo is going to do that against anyone. That’s what he does,” D’Antoni said. “Where they killed us was Hardaway was (4 for 5) for 3s and Felton didn’t miss his shots. We made some mistakes on guys on rotations and stuff.”

Bryant, who is due to have a knee examination after the team returns to Los Angeles, 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.

“Last year we had five guys that averaged in double figures and I’ve always wanted a team where you just didn’t know where it was going to come from,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “And we know Melo’s going to get his, but we need everybody to be a part of the offense and touch the ball and feel good about themselves.”

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.

But they gave up 21 second-chance points to lose despite shooting 52 percent from the field.

“It kind of oozed away. It wasn’t one thing. It was a lot of little things,” D’Antoni said.

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.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus