Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left...
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Thursday night in coach Mike D’Antoni’s return to Madison Square Garden.
Firing in three-pointers and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often struggled to do under D’Antoni, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Meanwhile, things are starting as poorly for D’Antoni in Los Angeles as they ended in New York. The Lakers, still without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, were never really in the game while losing their fourth straight and falling to 9-14.
Raymond Felton scored 19 points, and Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith added 18 apiece for the Knicks.
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Kobe Bryant had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Metta World Peace finished with 23 points. Dwight Howard had 20.
• Brandon Roy returned to practice on a limited, no-contact basis with the Minnesota Timberwolves a month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The former Huskies star from Garfield High School said the latest knee trouble didn’t prompt him to consider retirement, like he did a year ago when he was with Portland.
“I never thought about walking away. It was just, for me, do I want to go through another procedure? Or do I want to play through it?” Roy said.
• Rookie guard Damian Lillard had a career-high 29 points and the host Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight loss with a 98-90 victory.
• LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the leading vote-getters, while Jeremy Lin has a chance to bring Linsanity to the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Houston.