Knicks Drop Road-Trip Opener In L.A., 127-96

By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)


How it Happened:

The Knicks' five-game road trip got off to an inauspicious start tonight at Staples Center, with a lopsided loss to the Lakers.

An 8-0 New York lead quickly disappeared and from there, everything went L.A.'s way. The Lakers jumped on the Knicks in the 2nd quarter, with a 7-0 run sparking a 36-20 advantage in the period. It got worse for the visitors after halftime, as Los Angeles exploded for 51 points in the 3rd quarter.

The Knicks had no answer for the Lakers' attack, giving up 57.8 percent shooting from the floor and 64.3 percent from downtown for the game.

Four of five Knicks starters (Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler) reached double figures in points, but they weren't able to contain Xavier Henry and Nick Young (42 points between them in 42 minutes) and Lakers' hot shooting.

Knick of the Night:

Anthony gave Mike Woodson 38 tough minutes in the loss, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds.

Looking Ahead:

Tomorrow provides an opportunity to move past tonight's loss as the Knicks take on DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings in Sacramento.

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