By Kevin R. LinaresThe Los Angeles Lakers grabbed their second win in a row in what was an impressive blowout win ending at 127-96 against the New York Knicks at the staples center. The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter, making it the most points scored in a quarter ever by the franchise and points in a quarter allowed by the Knicks.
The Lakers’ bench played a major role scoring 82 points with three players scoring in double digits. Despite learning he will need surgery for a torn ligament in his left wrist, Xavier Henry was able to lead the team scoring 22 points in the 23 minutes played off the bench. Nick Young scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 18 points off the bench as well. Pau Gasol was not available to play tonight and is still recovering after being diagnosed with vertigo giving Chris Kaman the start at center. Kaman scored 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony had a tough time hitting shots going 10-21 from the field and finished the game with 29 points and nine rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. provided the spark off the bench for the Knicks hitting 17 of the bench’s 21 points.
The Lakers struggled to start off falling behind early and only scoring a total of 14-points in the first quarter, only making five of their 18 shots. Things turned around quickly with the team going on a 22-4 run midway through the second quarter and would lead 50-42 at the half. The Lakers continued their strong play in the second half where they made 10 of their 18 three-pointers.
Phil Jackson, now president of the Knicks, was spotted at the game sitting in a luxury suite. Former Laker Metta World Peace also attended the game and did spend time talking to his former coach Jackson.
The Lakers will take the floor again on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game of two game road trip.