The Knicks played the Lakers closely on Wednesday, but Los Angeles was ultimately able to pull away late for a 100-92 win over New York. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Wednesday's game
1) Playing in front of a raucous crowd at the Garden, many of whom may have come to see the Lakers play, the Knicks came out with great energy, and over the first two quarters they played the Lakers very close. At the half, the game was knotted at 48-48, with the Knicks shooting 47.6 percent from the floor as a team.
In the third quarter, the Lakers separated themselves a bit, outscoring New York 28-22 to take a six-point lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, the Lakers' lead hovered around the 10-point mark for quite a while. The Lakers held a 94-84 lead into the final two minutes, but the Knicks were able to cut it to six with under a minute left. Julius Randle then turned the ball over on a drive to the basket, the Lakers converted on the other end, and that would be all for the Knicks.
2) Marcus Morris suffered a sprained right ankle on Monday against Cleveland, and after being listed as questionable before Wednesday's game, he was able to suit up. Morris provided his typical impact on offense, scoring 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers.
3) Dennis Smith Jr. made his return to the Knicks lineup on Wednesday after missing 13 games due to an oblique injury. Smith only played sparingly, though, recording no points, one rebound, and one turnover in three minutes of action.
4) Damyean Dotson provided the Knicks with a huge spark off the bench. In the opening two quarters, Dotson knocked down three out of four three-point attempts, giving him nine points at the break. His scoring continued into the second half as well, as he finished with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
5) LeBron James did a little bit of everything for the Lakers, as has been the case all season long. James electrified the crowd at times, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Not to be outdone, Anthony Davis put on a show of his own, scoring 28 points with five rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
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The Knicks stay at home for a Friday night showdown with the Toronto Raptors at the Garden, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.