Bryant, Nash pilot Lakers to 100-94 win over New York Knicks

Pau Gasol: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks

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<h2>LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Kobe <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Bryant</strong> scored 34 points and Steve Nash came up big once again, and the Los Angeles <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Lakers</strong> scored an exciting 100-94 victory over the <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>New</strong> York <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Knicks</strong> here at the Staples Center.</h2>
<p>Carmelo Anthony also scored 34 points for the Knicks, but came up short this time around as the <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Lakers</strong> avenged the defeat from the last outing.</p>
<p><strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Bryant</strong> finished with 14-of-24 shooting on the day on his way to score 30 or more points for the his ninth straight, while Nash, in his second game back from a leg injury, finished with 16 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who extended its winning streak to five games.</p>
<p>Metta World Peace collected 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.</p>
<p>Center Dwight Howard shot 6-of-9 from the free throw line, including two big ones down the stretch in contributing 14 points and 11 rebounds in the victory for the <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Lakers</strong> (14-14).</p>
<p>Pau Gasol, knocked down some big buckets throughout the game, including an important two-handed dunk to give Los Angeles a 99-94 lead on a Nash assist with 0:12 left for the five point lead.</p>
<p>J.R. Smith helped to pace the <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Knicks</strong> with 25 points and Raymond Felton added 10 points and six assists as <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>New</strong> York (20-8) fell to 8-6 on the road.</p>
<p>The <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Lakers</strong> shot 48 percent from the field on 37-of-77, while <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>New</strong> York went 43.7-percent on 38-of-87.</p>

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