By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 110, LAKERS 103 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
As a follow up to Friday night's fireworks, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks took on the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers in a nationally-televised Madison Square Garden matinee. While Melo "only" scored 35 points, his teammates picked up the slack in a balanced effort that saw the 'Bockers prevail for their second straight win.
Anthony picked up right where he left off, but four others scored 13 or more points as New York fought off the Lakers' comeback atempts all afternoon.
The pick-and-roll was working, led by Raymond Felton (20 points and five assists) and Tyson Chandler (13 points, 14 rebounds), who connected on a handful of alley-oops.
It was the fourth double-double in six games for Chandler, and that includes Friday's game against Charlotte, for which he was only need for 19 minutes in a Knicks blowout.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith provided the spark Mike Woodson's team needed off the bench, combining for 34 points and 6 of 9 shooting from three.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony wins this honor yet again. He is simply locked in and it's opening things up for his teammates. He dished out five assists today, but also created passing lanes and clean looks for shooters by commanding the defense's attention.
The Knicks' homestand continues on Tuesday against the Atlantic Division rival Boston Celtics.