New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers 12/25/12: Video Highlights and Recap

December 25th, 2012 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers appeased the Christmas Day crowd en route to a hard-fought, 100-94 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Knicks in the Staples Center.

It was an expected pulse-pounding game throughout between two of the NBA's most storied franchises, as the teams were separated by only one possession in each of the first three quarters. Several big runs defined the early action.

In the second quarter, Metta World Peace put together his best offensive sequence in recent memory, putting up 16 points. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony responded after a sluggish first half, pouring in 17 points in the third and going a red-hot 7-of-9 from the field.

The final frame was incredibly dramatic. But in the end, the deciding factors were fine all-around performances from PG Steve Nash and forward Pau Gasol, and most notably the scoring of Kobe Bryant.

The Black Mamba continued to live up to his legendary status as one of the best closers in basketball history, who matched 'Melo's game-high 34 points.

Lakers head coach Mark D'Antoni avenged an earlier December loss against his former team, as LA extended its winning streak ...

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