LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks 127-107 on Sunday for their sixth win in eight games.

Kyle Kuzma added 15 points for the Lakers (17-29), who continued their midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of extensive playing time in the absence of injured Lonzo Ball.

Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.

Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn't keep up down the stretch with the Lakers, whose up-tempo offense flowed throughout their highest-scoring game in two weeks.

Ball missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left knee, and Lakers coach Luke Walton said the rookie point guard might miss several more games.

But Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.

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Kristaps Porzingis backs down Kyle Kuzma in the post, then knocks down the shot after one pump fake.

Larry Nance Jr. rises up to meet Alex Caruso's long pass, protects himself against the rim, and throws it down in the second quarter.

Kyle Kuzma grabs Alex Caruso's pass in transition and dunks it easily.

Porzingis denies Ingram

January, 21, 2018
Jan 21


Brandon Ingram tries taking it to the rim but is rejected by Kristaps Porzingis in the first quarter.

LOS ANGELES -- After his latest trolling tweet directed at LeBron James, New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter admitted that one of his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates told him that the Cleveland Cavaliers star was going to get his revenge on the floor soon.

"One texted me just to say -- I'm not going to say who -- but he texted me, 'You're about to get 50 dropped on you, boy.'" Kanter said before Sunday's matinee against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I responded something back, but I'm not going to say what it is."

Kanter's latest tweet came immediately after the Cavs lost 148-124 to the Thunder on Saturday. He also included James' "strive for greatness" phrase:

When initially asked about the tweet, Kanter playfully said that he wanted to focus on the Lakers game, but when asked about the possibility of being in James' head, Kanter acknowledged that he has a lot of respect for the former MVP.

"He got mad at me, obviously," Kanter said, referring to remarks he made about James in the past. "I mess with him a lot, but obviously he's the best player in the league. I respect the guy a lot. But I think right now they are struggling or whatever. I don't even think he's even thinking about what I tweet. I think he's worried about his team. I don't even think he's thinking about what I'm going to tweet or not. Because I think they are struggling right now and the only thing he's thinking about ... just getting his team [on track]."

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Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz 117-115

January, 20, 2018
Jan 20

SALT LAKE CITY -- Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 117-115 on Friday night.

Hardaway pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and finished the four-point play after a foul, then added a dunk to give the Knicks a 109-100 advantage with 3:21 remaining. The fifth-year guard was 6 for 7 from behind the arc as New York shot 55 percent from 3-point range.

The Jazz missed three straight 3-pointers on one possession with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied the game at 115 after a late 11-2 run that included Joe Johnson's corner 3 and Rudy Gobert's three-point play.

Courtney Lee scored 18, and his 13-point third quarter helped the Knicks rebound from a 10-point deficit to take an 85-78 lead into the fourth. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points.

Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first game since Dec. 15 due to a sprained knee, but the second-team All-NBA center looked athletic in his return. He also had three blocks.

Rodney Hood had 18 points, while Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio each scored 17.

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Donovan Mitchell somehow fires a bounce pass while in the air to Rudy Gobert in the paint for the layup and the foul.

Tim Hardaway Jr. pulls up and has Rudy Gobert grab enough of his arm to draw the foul and knock down the 3-pointer and-1.

Donovan Mitchell pulls up from beyond the arc and rattles home a bank-shot 3-pointer to tie the game at 91-91 in the fourth quarter.

Mitchell fires up a 3-pointer from way beyond the arc as time runs down on the shot clock and drains the shot.

Donovan Mitchell soars up for the emphatic dunk, but is denied by the rim.

Kristaps Porzingis uses a well-timed pump fake that contributes to Rudy Gobert going to the ground, leaving Porzingis an open chance to rock the rim.



Kristaps Porzingis
23.5 1.2 0.8 33.1
ReboundsE. Kanter 9.9
AssistsJ. Jack 6.1
StealsC. Lee 1.3
BlocksK. Porzingis 2.4