Knicks dump Lakers, end eight-game skid
Kevin Knox gave New York the lead for good by sinking two free throws with 3:45 remaining, and the Knicks held the host Los Angeles Lakers without a field for the next 2 1/2 minutes en route to a 119-112 victory Friday night.
The Knicks snapped an eight-game losing streak by prevailing on a night when each team was missing its top player.
The Knicks finally recorded a 10th win in a season that's been played entirely without star big man Kristaps Porzingis.
Los Angeles, down by 17 in the first quarter before taking its first lead with 3:15 remaining in the third period, was up 109-108 after a layup by JaVale McGee with 4:00 remaining in the game.
Knox was fouled by McGee on New York's next possession and began an 11-3, game-finishing run with his two free throws.
The lead change was the ninth of a final period that also featured six ties.
Enes Kanter had two hoops during the finish, including a layup with 55.5 seconds left after a 3-pointer by Lonzo Ball had ended the Lakers' drought and pulled them within 114-112.
Kanter finished with a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double for the Knicks, who had lost on their first three stops on a six-game trip.
In all, seven Knicks scored in double figures, including Trey Burke (16), Emmanuel Mudiay (15), Knox (14), Damyean Dotson (11) and Mario Hezonja (10). Mudiay added a team-high six assists.
New York won despite shooting just 37.4 percent from the floor.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points, Ball 17 and Ivica Zubac 10 for Los Angeles, which shot 43.9 percent from the field.
--Field Level Media
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