LOS ANGELES â?? The Lakers stole the fourth quarter and Carmelo Anthony’s late mojo, and Mike D’Antoni became The Grinch who stole Christmas from the Knicks.
In a dramatic duel with Anthony at the electric Staples Center, Kobe Bryant played more desperate down the stretch and guided the Lakers…
LOS ANGELES â?? Amar’e Stoudemire said it’s disappointing to be missing tonight’s clash in Phoenix, but he sounded optimistic his season debut will take place when the Knicks return home and face Portland on New Year’s Day at the Garden.
Ring in the new Stoudemire.
LOS ANGELES â?? Raymond Felton’s hand injuries may finally force the Knicks guard to take a night off.
Felton sprained his left pinkie yesterday in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 100-94 loss to the Lakers during a scramble with L.A.’s Steve Nash for a loose ball.
The Knicks got the NBA version of a lump of coal in their stocking for Christmas â?” something they never want â?” a 100-94 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. They also got the reality that the Lakers team they pounded on Dec. 13 is much better when Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are back in the lineup and only getting better.
Because of his toughness, guard Raymond Felton can’t be counted out for Wednesday night’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. But even he admitted after spraining his right pinkie on his shooting hand that if he plays he is likely to be limited by the injury.
It looks like Rihanna and Chris Brown are fully on the rebound. The one-time couple whose relationship exploded when Brown brutally beat the pop princess in 2009 appeared together Tuesday at the Knicks-Lakers game.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 54 points, more than any set of teammates had managed in a game against Miami all season.
Jamal Crawford led a dominant performance by the Los Angeles reserves with 22 points and the Clippers defeated the Nuggets, 112-100, on Tuesday.
The Celtics pounded the Nets, the Lakers stopped the Knicks, and the Heat survived the Thunder.
James Harden scored 26 points, and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists as Houston won for the sixth time in seven games.
A day off would have been a merciful itinerary, but for roughly 450 of the world’s best basketball players, this is the life they have chosen, and many cherish: work on Christmas.
The Heat came away with the win once more, but given the quality of the teams and the playoff intensity, Miami and Oklahoma City could certainly meet again in June.
The Nets were bullied on their home court by the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in a rout that drained whatever Christmas cheer they might have had.
With star point guard Steve Nash running the show, the Lakers avenged a previous loss to the Knicks on Tuesday to move to .500 on the season.
James Harden scored 26 points and Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 120-97 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanged words. Dwyane Wade and Serge Ibaka did a little shoving. Five technical fouls were called, and Russell Westbrook punched a table in frustration.
LeBron James scored 29 points and flirted with a triple-double as the Miami Heat claimed a 103-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals on a Christmas Day schedule of five games.
Kobe Bryant engineered a second-half comeback, helping the Lakers avenge their earlier loss to the Knicks and lift Los Angeles to .500 on the season.