Anthony scores 30, Knicks beat slumping Lakers

Anthony scores 30, Knicks beat slumping Lakers
December 13, 2012, 11:04 pm
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) protects the ball as he drives past Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks (3) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Thursday night in coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Madison Square Garden.

Firing in 3-pointers and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often struggled to do under D'Antoni, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

Meanwhile, things are starting as poorly for D'Antoni in Los Angeles as they ended in New York. The Lakers, still without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, were never really in the game while losing their fourth straight and falling to 9-14.