Knicks snap 8-game skid against depleted Lakers

 

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – Tim Hardaway Jr knocked in 22 points as the New York Knicks hacked out a 119-112 victory over a Los Angeles Lakers side that played minus their top two scorers in the NBA on Friday, January 4 (Saturday, January 5, Manila time) at Staples Center. 

Enes Kanter also collected 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Knicks, who had 7 players finishing in double figures to help snap their eight-game losing skid for a 10-29 slate.  

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma – the Lakers’ top two scorers – are recuperating from injuries, while veteran guard Rajon Rondo is out for a month following a hand surgery.

 @T_HardJR puts up 22 PTS, 3 3PM to lead the @nyknicks in LA! #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/lVeKKQdgkF — NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2019

 

The Knicks got off to a hot 22-5 start before the Lakers made a game out of it after the break. By the 4th quarter, the two teams traded leads but the Knicks took advantage of the Lakers’ sloppy mistakes – including a five-second inbound violation – and outscored them 33-20.  

Brandon Ingram had 21 points to pace the Lakers, who slipped to 21-18 

Before the game, the Lakers announced that James would miss at least 3 more games due to a strained left groin and get re-evaluated next week. (READ: LeBron to miss at least 3 more NBA games for Lakers

The four-time MVP sustained his injury during the Lakers’ surprise Christmas Day win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Kuzma missed the game after suffering a lower back contusion in Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rondo also got sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery on his shooting hand. – Rappler.com