Kobe Bryant poured in 34 points for Los Angeles on Tuesday, as they defeated New York 100-94 at STAPLES Center.
Los Angeles won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 4-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 210.5.
Los Angeles got 20 points from Metta World Peace and another 16 points from Steve Nash. Steve Nash contributed 11 assists, while Dwight Howard cleaned the glass with 12 rebounds.
The Knicks got a 34-point performance from Carmelo Anthony, who was supported by 25 points from J.R. Smith. Jason Kidd had 7 assists in a losing cause for New York, while Tyson Chandler grabbed 9 rebounds.
Los Angeles led at halftime, 51-49.
The rebound battle favored Los Angeles as they grabbed 42 boards, while New York only had 40.
Next game, Los Angeles takes its act on the road to face Denver looking for another win. For New York, they head on the road to face Phoenix.