NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, January 26th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (16-28) at New York Knicks (16-27), 3:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Talk about leaving the fans wanting more.
Carmelo Anthony will literally shoot for an encore performance when the New
York Knicks resume an eight-game homestand Sunday afternoon versus the Los
Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony lit up the Charlotte Bobcats for a franchise-record, MSG-record and
career-best 62 points on 23-of-35 shooting in Friday's 125-96 victory. He
drained 6-of-11 3-pointers and sank all 10 of his foul shots to surpass
Bernard King's previous club standard of 60 points set on Christmas Day of
1984 versus the New Jersey Nets.
"It was just one of those zones you go into," said Anthony, who set the tone
with 20 points in the first quarter and 37 in the opening half. "Only a
certain group of people know what that zone feels like."
It was the highest point total in the NBA since Kobe Bryant poured in 65 in a
Lakers' win over Portland on March 16, 2007. Bryant also had held the record
at the existing MSG, a 61-point display against the Knicks on Feb. 2, 2009.
"That was the best performance the Garden has ever seen. I'm just glad a Knick
has that record again," Knicks center Tyson Chandler said.
Anthony, who is second in the NBA with 27.0 points per game, helped the Knicks
halt a five-game slide and improve to 1-3 on the homestand. He has scored 20-
plus points in each of the last seven games, posting an average of 31.3 ppg in
J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for New
York, which had lost three straight at home and is 8-15 at MSG this season.
The Knicks went 4-4 on an eight-game stay back in December of 1986 and still
have the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat to host. Andrea
Bargnani is out indefinitely with a torn elbow ligament and Metta World Peace
is probable due to a strained left knee. World Peace hasn't played since Dec.
27 versus Toronto.
Los Angeles will close out its seven-game Grammy road trip Sunday and is 2-4
on the trek. It has lost three in a row and 15 of the last 18 games, including
Friday's 114-105 setback at Orlando.
Pau Gasol scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, while Kendall Marshall had 19
points and 14 assists for the Lakers, who are 8-17 away from home and received
17 points from Jodie Meeks. Nick Young and Ryan Kelly scored 16 and 15 points,
respectively, for L.A., which made 45.6 percent of its shots and 12-of-22 from
3-point range. Marshall was 5-of-7 from downtown.
"I thought we ran out of gas," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. "The guys
wanted to do it, but they didn't have the legs. It just happened. We gotta
move forward. We have to be a little smarter on how we contest shots."
Los Angeles was able to get within five points in the fourth quarter before
succumbing to the Magic.
On the bright side, Marshall is averaging 12.1 points and 11.9 assists in his
12 starts and the Lakers have scored 100 or more points in their last seven
games and nine times in 12 games this month.
After the Lakers visit the Knicks, they will head home for back-to-back games
versus Indiana and Charlotte at Staples Center.
Los Angeles and New York split a pair of meetings last season with each team
holding serve as the host. The Lakers are 13-4 in the last 17 games in this
series, but have lost two in a row at Madison Square Garden.
01/26 10:34:29 ET