Melo, Knicks Crush Lakers, 99-95 | NBC New York

Melo, Knicks Crush Lakers, 99-95



    Lakers forward Kobe Bryant looks over his shoulder as he is guarded by Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first half. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and the New York Knicks spoiled what might have been Kobe Bryant's last game at Madison Square Garden, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 99-95 on Sunday.

    Bryant finished with 18 points, far off the 30.7 per game he had been averaging here and fewer than half the 40 or more he managed on three occasions during a series of highlights in the arena.

    The 37-year-old superstar, who hasn't said if he will retire after this season, missed two shots and twice fouled Anthony during New York's 11-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 98-90 lead.

    Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Langston Galloway all scored 14 points for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with their first home victory of the season.

    Galloway made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:01 left and Bryant missed from behind the arc about 20 seconds later. He then fouled Anthony, who made both free throws to make it 94-90, and later fouled him again on a jumper as the lead grew to 98-90.

    Bryant played until the finish, waving his arm to the crowd as he exited into the tunnel to loud cheers. 

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