Just when it appeared that the Lakers were taking a step forward, they fell backwards. The Lakers looked sluggish getting out played by the New York Knicks, losing 92-85, just coming off an overtime victory against the Boston Celtics the night before. On the other side of the hardwood, the Knicks` Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate, lit up the scoreboards. Scoring 38 points and serving seven assist, the game belonged to Lin the first four minutes of the game. Lin`s several back to back buckets set the tone for the rest of the game.
Kobe Bryant on the other hand, struggled to knock down any shots until the third quarter, shooting an embarrassing 1/8 by the end of the first half, but would go on to put up a double with 34 points and ten rebounds. The Lakers would have a little reversal of fortune late in the third quarter, showing signs of life with a few jump shots by Bryant and a three pointer by Steve Blake.
The Lakers` run would quickly come to an end, when Lin picked up where he left off in the first half, dismantling the Lakers` interior defense. Andrew Bynum would struggle, after putting up double digit points in the last 17 games, contributing only three points to the Lakers` offense.
Fouls would hurt the Lakers throughout the entire game, receiving team penalty fouls allowed the Knicks to stretch the lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. With a couple of three pointers and a few free throws in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter by the Knicks, the Lakers never had a chance.
With this loss the Lakers fall two and a half games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Conference, as they take on the Toronto Raptors, looking to end their six game road trip on a positive note.
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