3:30 PM ET, January 26, 2014
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NEW YORK -- No 62-point game for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. He didn't even match his first-half total from Friday night.
He didn't have to, with the Knicks offering him plenty of support for a change.
Anthony scored 35 points, four teammates had at least 13, and New York beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-103 on Sunday.
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"I don't think they just wanted to watch me out there playing offensively," Anthony said. "They wanted to be a part of it and they did."
Anthony finished with two points fewer than he had at halftime of his record-setting night, but he scored six straight New York points down the stretch after the Lakers cut the Knicks' lead to two with just over 5 minutes left.
Raymond Felton scored a season-high 20 points, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 and J.R. Smith 16 for the Knicks, who won their second straight following a five-game losing streak. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
"He's a guy that, he just wants to win," Felton said about Anthony. "Sometimes he likes to take it on his shoulders, so we have to take some of that pressure off of him by hitting shots, by making plays offensively."
Jodie Meeks scored 24 points for the Lakers, but he was shut out in the fourth quarter after scoring 16 in the third. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers dropped their fourth straight to finish 2-5 on their Grammy Awards road trip.
"Can we turn it around? I think we will," Gasol said. "If we stick together, continue to work hard and get a couple of bodies back that are key, we can be a lot better and we can get much better results."
Anthony's 62 points against Charlotte were a career high, most in the NBA this season and most at the current Madison Square Garden, one more than Kobe Bryant scored five years ago. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who coached Anthony in New York, said the key for the Lakers was to contain everyone else, knowing Anthony would score.
"Melo is going to do that against anyone. That's what he does," D'Antoni said. "Where they killed us was Hardaway was (4 for 5) for 3s and Felton didn't miss his shots. We made some mistakes on guys on rotations and stuff."
Bryant is still unable to play as he recovers from a broken left knee. He said he called to congratulate Anthony after Friday's game, and though he stressed his appreciation for MSG, said having the building record wasn't particularly important to him.
He also noted that Anthony, who will become a free agent this summer, may have to tell the Knicks he won't settle for being on a non-contender, as Bryant did with the Lakers, and that the talent around him needed to be upgraded.
It was good enough Sunday until Anthony took over.
"Last year we had five guys that averaged in double figures and I've always wanted a team where you just didn't know where it was going to come from," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "And we know Melo's going to get his, but we need everybody to be a part of the offense and touch the ball and feel good about themselves."
He followed his own missed shot with 4:52 left, made a jumper and then scored on a drive that pushed the Knicks' lead to 105-98 with 2:33 to play.
Manny Harris scored a season-high 18 points for the Lakers, who stayed in it until late by making 12 of 18 shots in the third quarter, including 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc.
But they gave up 21 second-chance points to lose despite shooting 52 percent from the field.
"It kind of oozed away. It wasn't one thing. It was a lot of little things," D'Antoni said.
The Lakers scored the final nine points of the first quarter, shooting 57 percent in the period to lead 25-22. It was tied at 45 late in the second before Anthony made a 3-pointer and a jumper, and the Knicks led 51-47 at the break.
Bryant is due to have his knee examined after the Lakers return to Los Angeles. He said he was anxious to do something besides ride the stationary bike. ... The Knicks still have home games remaining against Boston on Tuesday, Cleveland on Thursday and Miami on Saturday to finish their eight-game homestand.
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks drives against Jodie Meeks #20 of the Los...(Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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MVP: OK, it wasn't 62, but Carmelo Anthony still scored 35, had five assists, and his two clutch buckets against an overmatched Ryan Kelly helped the Knicks pull away in the final minutes.
X factor: Tim Hardaway Jr. netted 18 points off the bench -- 14 over a 4:40 stretch from the end of the third to the beginning of the fourth -- including a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk that was New York's sole fast-break bucket.
That was ... [ ]efense: As befits their reputations, neither the Knicks nor the Lakers closed on wide-open 3-point shooters or rotated to defend at the rim. It was certainly exciting, but in a "Remember the ABA? That was fun," kind of way.
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Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-13 (61.5%) shooting with Ryan Kelly as his primary defender Sunday. The Lakers only double teamed Anthony once when Kelly defended him. -- Anthony averaged 1.42 points per half court touch against Kelly, compared to 0.71 against all other Lakers' defenders (Season Avg: 0.50).[+]
Carmelo Anthony by Defender, Sunday
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his points on mid-range jumpers Sunday (10-of-18). Anthony ranks third in the NBA on mid-range points per game (8.1). Anthony has been red hot, shooting 63.9% in his last two games on mid-range shots.[+]
Carmelo Anthony on Mid-range Jumpers, This Season
This is the 7th time this season that the Knicks have not had a fast break point in the 1st half of a game, which is the most in the NBA. The Cavaliers are next with 6. New York entered today last in the NBA with 7.9 fast break points per game.
With Carmelo Anthony coming off his 62-point game and facing Kobe Bryant's Lakers today... Bryant had the previous 3 60-point games in the NBA, and he followed each of those games with big scoring nights, 2 of which were 50-point games. He averaged 45.3 PPG following those 3 games.[+]
Kendall Marshall has recorded 143 assists through his first dozen starts with the Lakers. Since starts were officially recorded in 1970-71, that's the most assists by a player through their first 12 starts with the Lakers. Magic Johnson actually sits 6th on this list, 54 helpers behind Marshall.[+]
From Elias: The Lakers enter 16-28 while the Knicks are 16-27. The last head-to-head match-up in which both teams were at least 10 games under .500 was on March 10, 1960. The Knicks are 1 loss shy of tying their total from all of last season while the Lakers' .364 win percentage would be their worst in a single season since 1959-60, their last season in Minneapolis.
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