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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Knicks – Game 28 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (15-12) | New York Knicks (14-11)

 

It was the Lakers vs Knicks on Monday night. The Lakers raised the banner for their In-Season Tournament championship, but the Knicks didn’t care as they beat L.A. 114-109 sending the Lakers on a two-game losing streak.

The Lakers vs Knicks played in Los Angeles on Monday.

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The Lakers hosted the New York Knicks on Monday night at Crypto.com Arena in Downtown LA.

The Lakers have spent the month of December on the road, as the last game at home was Dec. 5 against the Phoenix Suns, which was a quarterfinal game for the tournament. The purple and gold looked to avenge their recent loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, being the team that allowed the Spurs to snap their 18-game losing streak.

In addition to being the lone home game before the Lakers headed back on the road until Christmas, this was an opportunity for the Lakers and fans to celebrate winning the first In-Season Tournament in the history of the NBA. The banner was revealed before the game, which looked different from the traditional championship banners.

Injuries have not been kind to the Lakers recently, perhaps due to the increased travel. But after missing some rotational pieces on Friday, some returned on Monday. D’Angelo Russell was probable with a non-COVID illness, and Jarred Vanderbilt was also tagged as probable with low back spasms. As expected, they were able to play.

The Knicks have been in LA since Saturday as they had a matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, losing 144-122. Jalen Brunson, coming off a 50-point game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, leads the scoring charge by averaging 25.5 points per contest accompanied by 5.9 assists. Former Laker Julius Randle backs him up with 22.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists.

Unfortunately, New York lost Mitchell Robinson for 8-to-10 weeks with left ankle surgery, so their defense and rebounding took a hit. This meant that Davis should have had an easier time attacking the paint without Robinson. But the Knicks still have a good support cast in R.J. Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, and Quentin Grimes.

So, the Lakers celebrated their In-Season Tournament victory by raising a banner before the game, although once the ball tipped off, it was time for business, and the Knicks came out on top with a 114-109 victory.

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Lakers vs Knicks First Quarter:

 

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The game began with D’Angelo Russell and Donte DiVincenzo draining 3-pointers for their respective teams. The Knicks were without starting center Mitchell Robinson, so naturally, the Lakers made it a point to get the ball down low to Anthony Davis early, and he was feasting as a result.

After a few costly turnovers by LA, though, the Knicks took their first lead to 15-14. Austin Reaves did what he usually does, bringing instant energy off the bench with a triple and a charge drawn within his first minute of action.

Immanuel Quickley brought a similar energy off the bench for the Knicks, though, as he and Reaves drained triples to end the first quarter, and New York was able to take a 35-27 lead into the second quarter.

 

Lakers vs Knicks 2nd Quarter:

 

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LeBron James was relatively quiet for the Lakers in the first quarter, although he went into attack mode with a layup to begin the second.

Julius Randle got going offensively from there for the Knicks, stretching their lead to double digits for the first time. Taurean Prince got hot from there with back-to-back triples, and then Russell made one of his own.

Davis then went on a tear to end the half, including beating the buzzer with a midrange jumper to give the Lakers a 58-57 lead at the break.

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Lakers vs Knicks 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Knicks third quarter. 

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James scored five straight for the Lakers to begin the third quarter and then threw a perfect alley-oop pass to Davis.

The third quarter was entertaining, featuring many lead changes as anytime one team scored, the other would match it. An excellent example was when Reaves drilled a triple, and then Jalen Brunson came down and hit one of his own.

Both teams went back and forth offensively, which kept the game close. At the end of the third quarter, the Lakers lost whatever momentum they had, and the Knicks went on a 15-2 run.

That Knicks offensive blitz to the Lakers to close the quarter with a 12-2 run to take a 90-80 lead into the fourth.

It was the end of the Lakers vs Knicks third quarter. 

Lakers vs Knicks 4th Quarter:

 

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The Lakers’ Rui Hachimura connected from deep to begin the final quarter, and then Reaves found a cutting LeBron to get LA back within five. But after Brunson and the Knicks responded with a quick run to get their lead back to 10, Darvin Ham took a much-needed timeout.

Coming out of the timeout, though, Davis and James brought life into the crowd with some thunderous dunks to get the deficit down to four.

After a Knicks timeout, though, Randle drilled a huge three-point shot, and then Brunson scored inside to help the Knicks regain control. The Lakers had some good opportunities late in the game but couldn’t convert, resulting in the loss.

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ next game is in Chicago as they take on the Bulls on Wednesday, December 20th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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