The Los Angeles Lakers early season woes continue after last night’s disappointing loss to the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks started the night with a high scoring first quarter, pouring in 41 points as the hapless Lakers searched for answers on defense. New York would maintain the lead throughout the final three quarters despite the Lakers strong second half push, finishing the game with a 116 to 107 victory at home in front of a sell-out crowd.
Carmelo Anthony had his shot going early and often, dropping 30 points without stepping foot on the court during the fourth quarter. However, Kobe Bryant would not go down without a fight, leading his team in points with 31, rebounds with 10, and assist with 6. At age 34, Bryant is one of the early season candidates for league MVP.
It’s was an impressive game for the Knicks, who got the better of their former coach Mike D’Antoni in his first trip to New York since being fired last season. It’s a big win for head Coach Mike Woodson as well, as his team remains undefeated at home with a 9-0 record.