NEW YORK -- The
It wasn't a matchup for the ages. Not since 1960 had the Knicks and Lakers played each other with both teams 10 or more games below .500, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The Lakers' defense was, as usual, peaceful and accommodating. The Lakers gave up 100 or more points for a 12th consecutive game, something they hadn't done since 1988-89.
Anthony was again a factor Sunday after springing for a Madison Square Garden record 62 points against Charlotte on Friday. With the Lakers down by three points in the final minutes, Anthony scored on a a mid-range shot over rookie forward
Kelly, a second-round draft pick, was assigned to defend Anthony most of the game.
The Lakers are 3-16 since Dec. 21, and their prospects for a victory won't get easier when they get home. They play Eastern Conference front-runner Indiana (34-9) on Tuesday at
Knicks 51, Lakers 47 (halftime)
Anthony scored 62 points Friday against Charlotte, breaking
Anthony was initially guarded by rookie
The Lakers were figid from three-point range, making only two of 12 (16.7%).