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Short-handed Lakers fail to finish off Knicks, drop to 1-4 without LeBron – Orange County Register

Short-handed Lakers fail to finish off Knicks, drop to 1-4 without LeBron – Orange County Register
  • Los Angeles Lakers middle Tyson Chandler, prime, dunks as New York Knicks ahead Kevin Knox watches through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks ahead Kevin Knox, proper, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram, proper, shoots as New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier defends through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, proper, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, left, and middle Ivica Zubac defend in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks middle Enes Kanter, left, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers middle Ivica Zubac in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers ahead Brandon Ingram defends in the course of the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, shoots as New York Knicks ahead Luke Kornet defends through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Knicks ahead Noah Vonleh, entrance, shoots across the protection of Lakers middle Ivica Zubac, proper, through the first half of Friday’s recreation at Staples Middle. The Lakers misplaced 119-112, dropping to 1-4 without LeBron James. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead Michael Beasley, proper, shoots as New York Knicks ahead Kevin Knox defends through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks middle Enes Kanter, middle, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers middle Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lance Stephenson defend through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks and Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers go for a rebound in the course of the first quarter at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Photographs License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks dunks in entrance of Josh Hart #Three and Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers through the first quarter at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes for a rebound in the course of the first quarter towards the New York Knicks at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Photographs License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Noah Vonleh #32 of the New York Knicks makes an attempt a layup through the first half towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • Jeanie Buss, left, controlling proprietor and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, talks with director Spike Lee earlier than an NBA basketball recreation between the Lakers and the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, left and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball chase the ball through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks gained 119-112. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Trey Burke #23 of the New York Knicks drives previous Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers through the first half at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: David Fizdale of the New York Knicks calls out a play through the first half towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Damyean Dotson #21 of the New York Knicks makes an attempt a layup previous Josh Hart #Three of the Los Angeles Lakers through the half at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Pictures License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James, left, talks with ahead Brandon Ingram through the second half of the group’s NBA basketball recreation towards the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks gained 119-112. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 04: Josh Hart #Three of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a jumper in entrance of Josh Hart #Three and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers through the first quarter at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: Consumer expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this photograph, Consumer is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Photographs License Settlement. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three with JaVale McGee #7 in the course of the first half towards the New York Knicks at Staples Middle on January 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

  • New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., proper, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers middle Ivica Zubac defends through the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks gained 119-112. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers middle JaVale McGee, left, sits on the bench subsequent to coach Luke Walton in the course of the closing seconds of the staff’s NBA basketball recreation towards the New York Knicks on Friday, Jan. four, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Knicks gained 119-112. (AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — If a victory Friday night time wasn’t a should, it definitely was very a lot wanted.

Alas, the Lakers – depleted by accidents to LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo – couldn’t compensate sufficiently for a hefty free-throw disparity and 17 turnovers as they misplaced 119-112, awarding the Knicks simply their 10th victory this season and their second prior to now 15 video games.

The Lakers (21-18) fell to 1-4 without James, who suffered a groin damage in the course of the Christmas Day recreation at Golden State. In all 4 losses, the Lakers had second-half leads.

Beginning with Friday’s affair, the Lakers’ schedule delivered seven consecutive opponents who presently sit outdoors of playoff place. Within the wild Western Convention, the place three losses in 4 video games will drop a group from fifth to eighth within the standings, truly profitable the winnable video games – akin to Friday’s – is of nice import.

However the recreation – throughout which the Knicks made 34 of 41 free throws whereas the Lakers had solely 20 free-throw makes an attempt, of which they made 15 – yo-yo’d within the guests’ favor for a lot of the night time, together with down the stretch after the Lakers took the lead for the primary time late within the third quarter.

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Within the remaining quarter, Lonzo Ball’s (17 factors, six rebounds and two assists) fourth Three-pointer made it 102-101. However Emmanuel Mudiay made one in every of two free throws for New York and Kanter muscled in a layup earlier than Ingram transformed a three-point play, to put the Lakers forward once more, 105-104.

New York pulled in entrance 106-105 on a pair of Tim Hardaway Jr. free throws, earlier than Lance Stephenson and Mario Hezonja traded layups, which gave the Knicks (10-29) a 108-107 benefit.

A shot by McGee and two foul photographs apiece by Kevin Knox and Hardaway elevated New York’s lead to 112-109 with Three:28 left.

Ball’s fifth Three-pointer – tying a season-high – reduce New York’s lead to 114-112 with 1:13 left. However a goaltending name on McGee, adopted by a turnover by Ball (his sixth and the Lakers’ 17th) led to a bucket by Enes Kanter on the opposite finish that gave New York a 118-112 lead with 33.6 seconds remaining.

Hart missed consecutive Three-point makes an attempt from the highest of the important thing after which fouled Mario Hezonja, who made one in every of his two foul photographs to cap an 11-Three game-closing spurt, sealing the Lakers’ fourth loss in six video games.

The Lakers entered the ultimate quarter up 93-86, after McGee (18 factors, 9 rebounds) carried the load for a stretch of the third quarter, scoring eight consecutive factors for the Lakers, who seemed up and located themselves trailing solely 83-81 with Three:57 left within the quarter.

Then Ivica Zubac (10 factors off the bench in 12 minutes) scored on one finish and blocked Hardaway Jr. on the opposite to spur a fast-break bucket by Ingram that gave the Lakers their first lead and cranked up the quantity at Staples Middle. Svi Mykhailiuk’s Three-pointer seconds later additional ratcheted up the power and prolonged the Lakers’ benefit to 88-84.

The Lakers trailed by solely 4 at halftime, regardless of moments of insistence that the Knicks please take the sport and run away with it in a turnover-plagued opening 24 minutes.

L.A. fell behind by as many as 17 factors within the first quarter, when it shot 9 for 23 (39.1 %) and three for 10 from deep, whereas the Knicks made 14 of 31 photographs (45.2 %) and went 7 of 14 from Three-point vary. Six Knicks scored within the first 12 minutes, led by Hardaway Jr., who opened with 11 factors.

The Lakers’ adolescence got here primarily from Ball and Zubac. Ball, aggressive from the bounce, stored the Lakers had eight first-quarter factors on a pair of Three-pointers and a layup off a steal that closed the hole to 24-16. And Zubac had six factors, six rebounds and two assists in his first seven minutes.

Ingram gave Lakers followers one more reason to fret when he disappeared into the locker room with a coach.

However he was again on the courtroom to begin the second quarter, when he was tasked with digging out of a 14-point gap alongside Svi Mykhailuk, Lance Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and, in his first motion since Dec. 7, Michael Beasley.

“We’ll have some interesting lineups going and we’re gonna need everyone to step up,” Walton stated earlier than the sport, reflecting on the extra absence of Kuzma.

Beasley punched in and obtained proper to it, with six factors, two rebounds and an help to assist the Lakers hold sight of the Knicks till back-to-back Three-pointers by Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope pulled them inside 54-50, after which, on the finish of the half, when Ingram muscled in a shot on the rim over a pair of defenders to shut it to 63-59 at intermission.

Extra to come on this story.

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