The Los Angeles Lakers continued their East Coast road trip with a loss against the New York Knicks. Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert led the Lakers offensively, but couldn't close out the game late in a 99-95 loss. Bryant scored 18 points in what could be his last performance at Madison Square Garden. He finished going 6-of-18 from the field and also added three assists and two rebounds. Hibbert bounced back after a rough outing in Brooklyn with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Jordan Clarkson looked good early, but finished with just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Julius Randle had a rough start and finished with six points on 3-of-12 shooting. The power forward added 11 rebounds and three assists. Prized rookie D'Angelo Russell followed up his 16-point performance in Brooklyn with six points, five rebounds and three assists. Russell also had three steals in 28 minutes of action.
Carmelo Anthony had an inefficient day, but led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis had a strong overall game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Porzinigis played just 25 minutes and took only 10 shots. Robin Lopez also had a strong game with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
The Lakers were much improved defensively in this game, holding the Knicks to 39 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from three. Unfortunately, the Lakers couldn't overcome New York's advantage in rebounding and assists. L.A. will have a day off before heading to South Beach to face the Miami Heat Tuesday.