Knicks Beat Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Lakers with LeBron James Suspended
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The New York Knicks beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 106-100 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
New York led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter thanks in large part to Julius Randle, who earned a double-double with 4:21 left before halftime.
However, the Lakers fought back to tie the game at 79 after a Carmelo Anthony dunk late in the third. L.A. point guard Russell Westbrook scored 18 of his game-high 31 points in that quarter en route to a triple-double.
The Knicks bench then keyed a 20-9 fourth-quarter run that featured four Immanuel Quickley three-pointers. The final one gave New York a 105-93 edge with 5:00 left in regulation.
The Knicks only scored one point in the final five minutes, but the Lakers could not take advantage as they missed all seven of their three-pointers. L.A. cut the Knick lead to as low as five down the stretch.
The Lakers played without LeBron James, who served his one-game suspension after his altercation with Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart on Sunday.
L.A. listed Anthony Davis as questionable with flu-like symptoms (non-COVID related) pregame, but he suited up and finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting and six rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Knicks improved to 10-8. The 9-10 Lakers have lost four of five.
Lakers PG Russell Westbrook: 31 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 20 points, 6 rebounds
Lakers F Carmelo Anthony: 12 points
Knicks G Evan Fournier: 26 points
Knicks F Julius Randle: 20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists
Knicks G Immanuel Quickley: 14 points
The Knicks will host the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Lakers will visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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