For the second game in a row, the Knicks went to their bench for garbage time, as coach D’Antoni inserted Mozgov with 3:39 to go in the fourth quarter. Unlike the Phoenix game this was in a losing proposition. The Lakers beat New York by 22 last night, fueled by their rebounding & defense. Los Angeles grabbed 17 offensive rebounds, and 3 Lakers finished with double digit rebounds yesterday. The Knicks did a good job on Kobe Bryant, holding him to 27 points on 28 shots, and forcing him into some bad looks. However Pau Gasol picked up the slack with 20 points on 13 attempts. And Shannon Brown scored 16 on 8 shots (in only 18 minutes).
The Knicks offense went cold in the second half, and they finished the game with a underwhelming 41% eFG. The non-Landry Fields starters shot only 35.7% (21-63, 3 3PM). The game was a feisty one. Ron Artest seemed overly interested in other people’s necks.
Just 6 minutes the Queensbridge native got into an altercation with Shawne Williams, and he clotheslined Amar’e in the 3rd quarter. Later in the game, Bynum was ejected for arguing a call.