The Knicks, wearing hideous Christmans jerseys, lost to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Carmelo Anthony was on fire, scoring 34 points on 13 for 23 shooting. Unfortunately, the rest of the team was cold. Still, the Knicks kept things close throughout the entire game, even taking a small lead into the fourth.
Raymond Felton shot terribly from the field although he did amass 6 assists and no turnovers. J.R. Smith scored 25 points including a fade away three as the shot clock ran out, but his overall play was less impressive than his numbers suggest. Dwight Howard got the better of Tyson Chandler. And the Knicks couldn't stop Kobe Bryant, who scored 34.
Jason Kidd has a decent all around game, with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Kurt Thomas also had 6 points on 3 for 3 shooting. But the story was the impressive play of the Lakers. Steve Nash, in his second game back from injury scored 16 and dished 11. He gave teammates easy buckets, such as the one dropped off to a wide open Howard for a power dunk. Meta World Peace went crazy in the second quarter with 16 of his 20 points in that period. The Lakers have now won five straight.
The Knicks had only 10 turnovers, but more were in the last quarter than in any other one. This was a rare game in which the Knicks committed more turnovers than made threes (9). The Knicks lost 100-94 and fall to 20-8.