Longtime franchise player Kobe Bryant took control once again for his Los Angeles Lakers with 34 points, as they went on to defeat the New York Knicks 100-90 yesterday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Between Pau Gasol (11), Andrew Bynum (17) and Ron Artest (17), New York was simply unable to match the size and strength of LA through all four quarters.”We like to use our height to our advantage,” said Bynum. “It doesn’t do any good if you don’t have the right game plan and the right fundamentals, but we had that for the most part, too.”
Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson led the Knicks in scoring with 15 points apiece. The Lakers were up by as much as 24 before New York’s reserves came in to cut the deficit to 10. “We needed to shoot the ball extremely well tonight to have a chance to win, because their defense is predicated on making teams shoot contested jump shots rather getting into the lane,” said Knicks center David Lee. “And when you do get into the lane, they have two 7-footers in there. That’s why we needed to shoot well from the 3-point line. We put up 33 of them, and we didn’t hit as many as we should have.”
The Lakers will have a couple days to rest before they go up against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, November 18th. The Knicks are scheduled to host the Sacramento Kings tonight in the MSG at 10:00 PM.