The Knicks played uninspired basketball for most of the night, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 117-87 on Tuesday. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Tuesday's game
1) Neither team played their best game on Tuesday, but the Knicks' sloppy play eventually caught up to them. After the first 12 minutes, the Knicks trailed by just five points, but by halftime the Lakers had pushed their lead up to 62-45. The Knicks shot just 36 percent as a team in the first half of play. In the second half, the Knicks continued to play without any rhythm, and trailed by 15 points after three. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers ran away with the game. LeBron James took on most of the scoring for LA, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The Knicks turned the ball over 17 times in defeat, while recording just 15 assists.
2) Bobby Portis was ejected from the game in the middle of the second quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went up for a dunk attempt when Portis, trailing on the play, swung his forearm and made contact with Caldwell-Pope's head. LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and other members of the Lakers weren't happy about the play, exchanging words with Portis, who was assessed a flagrant 2 foul, disqualifying him from the game.
3) Playing without leading scorer Marcus Morris, who missed the game with a sore neck, the Knicks' offense was out of sync for the most of the night. Rookie RJ Barrett did have another strong night, finishing with 19 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Julius Randle also chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
4) Anthony Davis hit the court hard late in third quarter, ending his night early. Davis jumped to contest a Randle layup attempt, but lost his balance in the air and came down hard directly on his lower back. He stayed on the ground for some time, eventually walking to the locker room. The Lakers later announced that X-rays on Davis were negative. Davis finished the game with five points, six rebounds, and five assists.
5) Elfrid Payton quietly had a good night for the Knicks. Starting at point guard, Payton delivered 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. He did, however, turn the ball over five times.
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The Knicks will have a very quick turnaround, as they head to Utah for a matchup with the Jazz on Wednesday night at 9:00PM eastern.