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Lakers vs. Knicks Final Score: Lakers stay perfect in Vegas with 107-92 win

Josh Hart and Kevin Knox went to war in a battle of potential Summer League MVPs.

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The Los Angeles Lakers stayed hot as the Las Vegas heat on Tuesday, defeating the New York Knicks 107-92.

Josh Hart, who came into Tuesday’s game against the Knicks as the third leading scorer in Summer League with 20.5 points per game, powered the Lakers to a 24-23 first quarter with 11 points on 4-5 shooting and a SportsCenter-worthy drive and dunk.

Despite a dazzling 11-point second quarter performance from Kevin Knox, the Knicks’ 18-year-old, 6-foot-9 rookie forward who went 0-6 in the first quarter, and the Lakers went into halftime with a 53-42 lead.

Hart continued to excel, adding 7 more points in the second to bring his first half total to 18. Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot-1 rookie Center who the Lakers were reported to have interest in during the draft process, validated Los Angeles’ potential intrigue with an absurd closeout block.

New York, battling back against a Los Angeles lead that grew as high as 25 points, went on a 17-0 run and tied the game at 78-78 before the start of the fourth. Kevin Knox catalyzed the comeback with a ridiculous 16-point third quarter to which the Lakers struggled to find any answer whatsoever.

The Lakers, ultimately saved by a stellar 27-point performance from Josh Hart, held off New York’s comeback and improved to 3-0 in Tuesday’s 107 to 92 victory. Alex Caruso helped secure the win with steady fourth quarter play, ending the game with ten assists and just a single turnover.

Rookie center Moe Wagner, who sustained an injury in the first quarter and briefly returned in the second, was diagnosed with a left knee strain and left ankle sprain. The Lakers, sure to be seeded highly after the 3-0 start, will find out their next matchup after the schedule for tournament play is released Tuesday night.

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