The Knicks disappoint again. Kobe and company was raining threes and out-hustling New York the entire night, and the Lakers are supposed to be the old team right. The Lake Show shot an astounding 70% for most of the game, majority of their points were in the paint as well. Carmelo Anthony was the only Knick that played well, he finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Amare shot a dismal 4-17 from the field and finished with 15 points. 'Melo played the point-forward for most of the game and it showed Knicks fans immediately that is not his natural position. The lack of point-guard help is becoming more evident with each game played.
To add injury to insult, Amare sprains his right ankle:
Making matters seem worse is Stoudemire, who was dreadful last night, sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter and would not guarantee he’d play Saturday vs. the Kings. “I have it wrapped up, I’ll get an assessment (Friday) on it and see how it feels,’’ Stoudemire said.
The Knicks already are limited because of injuries to their two best bench players, rookie Iman Shumpert and big man Jared Jeffries.
Bryant grew up in Italy idolizing Italian League star D’Antoni but now takes glee in punishing his Knicks.
When asked before the game why he lights up the Knicks, Kobe said, “It has to do with Mike D’Antoni being in New York. I like to stick it to him every time I get a chance.’’
Bryant stroked the 3-pointer off the glass, got fouled by Balkman and made the free throw for a 4-point play and a 78-63 lead with 2:25 left.