Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks 127-107 on Sunday for their sixth win in eight games.
Kyle Kuzma added 15 points for the Lakers (17-29), who continued their midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of extensive playing time in the absence of injured Lonzo Ball.
Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.
Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn't keep up down the stretch with the Lakers, whose up-tempo offense flowed throughout their highest-scoring game in two weeks.
Ball missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore left knee, and Lakers coach Luke Walton said the rookie point guard might miss several more games.
But Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.
Los Angeles took the lead late in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, scoring 10 consecutive points in a rally led by Clarkson and Randle. The Lakers finished the game on a 17-4 run. >> Read more
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The Knicks might as well have stayed on the offensive side all night long. This was one of the worst defensive efforts they played against a Lakers team that was without both Lonzo Ball and Kantavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers were previously 1-8 without Ball in the lineup. Kurt Rambis is supposed to be Knicks' "defensive-minded" assistant coach. Sunday's embarrassing effort was an example of why they wouldn't want Rambis to take over as head coach again.
What makes it worse is that the Knicks had one of their better offensive games of the season -- at least up until the final five minutes of the game. They made 12 3-pointers, which is very rare for the Knicks. But the Knicks couldn't win when they surrendered 127 points to a team that was without two of its star players. Considering all of the Knicks' recent losses, the fact they played zero defense against that Lakers squad makes it extra frustrating. They next face the Warriors, who may destroy them.
Let's trim that deficit. pic.twitter.com/3bXKVR77zK- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 21, 2018
New York continues its road trip when it faces the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.