Carmelo Anthony couldn't save the still-frozen New York Knicks, who lost big to the L.A. Lakers on Thursday.
Carmelo Anthony did his part to heat up the New York Knicks' offense, shooting 8-14 from the floor on his way to 27 points. But the rest of his team shot 13-53 (24 percent), and the L.A. Lakers were able to pound out a 99-82 to move to 2-2 on the season. The Knicks fell to 1-2, and have lost the first two games on the team's only trip to the West Coast this season. New York plays in Sacramento on Saturday to wrap the trip.
The Knicks hope that in that game Amar'e Stoudemire shoots better than 4-17. Toney Douglas has continued to struggled as well as the team's starting point guard; he was 2-8 on Thursday, missing all four three-pointers he took. His counterpart Derek Fisher, who this season has looked every bit the 74-year-old he is, nearly matched his futility by shooting 2-7 from the floor.
Kobe Bryant -- you expected someone else? -- led the Lakers with 28 points on 10-17 shooting; Pau Gasol followed with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jason Kapono was useful for the first time in three seasons (at least), scoring nine points off the bench on flawless 3-3 shooting. L.A. took four more FGAs than New York, but made 17 more shots.