Los Angeles got 28 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 99-82 victory over New York on Thursday at STAPLES Center.
The Lakers were a 3.5-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score dipped UNDER the total, which closed at 195.5.
Los Angeles got 16 points from Pau Gasol and another 11 points from Steve Blake. Kobe Bryant contributed 6 assists, while Pau Gasol cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
New York got 27 points from Carmelo Anthony in a losing cause and another 15 points from Amar'e Stoudemire. Toney Douglas contributed 5 assists for the Knicks, while Tyson Chandler had 11 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Los Angeles were victorious, as the score was 63-51 at the break.
Los Angeles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 40-32.
Next game, Los Angeles takes its act home to face Denver looking for another win. For New York, they head on the road to face Sacramento.