LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant paced Los Angeles with 28 points in 33 minutes Thursday, bringing the Lakers a 99-82 win over New York.
Los Angeles played on four of the first five days of the NBA season and split those games. New York has lost two out of three to start the campaign.
The Lakers owned a 10-point lead to begin the fourth period and then held the Knicks to four points during the first half of the final quarter.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks.