The 16-5 Knicks’ Dec. 13 matchup against 9-13 Los Angeles Lakers was front and center as the NBA’s Thursday night showcase came to the Garden. The game opened up with as much fireworks as fans could have dreamed.
The Knicks dropped 41 in the opening quarter, and it took only until the 8:31 mark of the second quarter to eclipse the 50-point plateau on a Steve Novak three.
By the 8:30 mark in the second, Carmelo Anthony had already added 22 points on nine shots. Felton had 10, and five other Knicks were on the board as the scoreboard flipped to a 52-32 New York lead.
At that time, the Knicks were 20-of-28 from the floor, for 71.4 percent. They sported that same clip from the 3-point line on seven heaves from distance.
Anthony later left due to injury and the Lakers threatened with a late run, but the Knicks held on thanks to their sizzling start. Their 116-107 victory extended their scorching record to 17-5.