Probably better that way for him.
His former team drilled his new team, the
The Lakers avoided another loss and also the "We want Phil!" chants that would drift through the arena from time to time. Tuesday would have been ripe for them because Jackson became the Knicks' president last week.
Fans instead chanted "We want tacos!" as the Knicks, not the Lakers, were the more troubled team Tuesday. Jackson definitely has some work to do.
The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter, a franchise record for any quarter. They scored 49 two other times, most recently in 1972 against Golden State.
It was also the most points the Knicks have ever given up in a quarter.
The Lakers have set plenty of records for futility this season. They were happy to finally get one in the positive column.
"It's really infectious when you start taking good shots, they start going in, and even the hard shots start to go in," Lakers Coach
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There was also the effort of Xavier Henry.
He was told he needed surgery on his left wrist because of a torn ligament. He didn't care.
Surgery will come after the season for Henry, who had 22 points on eight-for-11 shooting Tuesday.
"You don't have to worry about me always complaining about anything," said Henry, who also is playing with a cartilage abnormality and bone bruise in his right knee. "I'm going to push it as far as I can and if it gets unbearable, you'll notice it. But right now I can take the pain."
The Lakers were sublime from long range, making 18 of 28 for 64.3% accuracy. The Knicks made only four of 15 from long distance (26.7%).
Chris Kaman had 13 points and nine rebounds after getting the start when
Meanwhile, Jackson's fiancée, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss, sat in her seat across from the Lakers' bench Tuesday as Jackson took the low-key approach.
Another guest took the high-profile road,
He was waived by the Lakers last summer via the one-time amnesty clause, picked up by the Knicks and cut by them last month. He hoped to sign with a contender, but it hasn't happened.
It didn't look like a Lakers victory would happen Tuesday. They were scoreless until 7:56 of the first quarter and had only 14 points going into the second.
The third quarter was ridiculous, though, the Lakers making 19 of 26 shots (73.1%), including six of nine from three-point range.
"When you get 51 points in a quarter, everybody has to score," D'Antoni said.
It was something to remember, for sure, in an otherwise forgettable season.