Jhe Los Angeles Lakers (26-28) defeated the New York Knicks (24-29) Saturday at Crypto.com Arena in overtime as james lebron came back from a five-game absence to record a 29-point triple-double.
Knicks started the first quarter with an 11-0 run, increasing the lead to 21 before half time. Julius Randle finished the game with 32 points and 16 rebounds, but 20 of his points came in the first half.
Malik Monk leads Lakers comeback against Knicks
In the third period game, Monk Malik lost 17 of his 29 points to score all opposing players, and the Lakers held the Knicks to 13 points to take the lead. Alexander Rowan dropped a game-high 36 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop New York from losing.
Lakers led by nine with less than two minutes left in the fourth trimesterbut missed free throws got the Knicks back in the game. RJ Barrett tied the game at 111 with 8 seconds left in the last frame after Monk, Trevor Ariza and Russell Westbrook every crucial free throw missed in the streak.
King James missed the winning shot from deep to send the game into overtime. In TOhe finished his triple-double with an assist to Ariza, ending the night with 10 assists and 13 rebounds.
Ariza put the Lakers by seven in overtime with a huge shot from beyond the arc. His 3-pointer froze the game after a successful challenge from the coach by Frank Vogel erased some points from the table for New York.
Tom Thibodeau also used his successful challenge to wipe out a spike dunk by James, but a turnover in the finish led to Anthony Davis dip the dagger. Davis finished the game with 28 points and 17 rebounds in 41 minutes, while Ariza had 11.
Lakers crowd boo Russell Westbrook as he struggles
Vogel did not play Westbrook in OT after the guard struggled throughout the game, scoring just 5 points in 29 minutes on 1-of-10 shooting from the floor. He added 4 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and a block, but turned the ball over four times and failed all three deep attempts.
After one of his missed shots, a jumper that didn’t even hit the edge as he exited the backboard, the Lakers fans started ‘booing’ Westbrook. A few plays later, he hesitated to shoot an open 3-pointer, but let it fly after the crowd started yelling at him not to shoot.
Luckily for Westbrook, that game ended when Davis grabbed the rebound and gave it away for two runs plus a foul. The Knicks continue a 5-game road trip on Monday against the Utah Jazz. and the Lakers host the Milwaukee dollars Tuesday.