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March 21, 2023

Kobe carries Lakers to 100-90 win over Knicks

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the New York Knicks for three quarters of Tuesday’s game before squandering much of their lead and holding on for a 100-90 victory. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points as last season’s NBA champions cruised to a fourth successive win despite a poor fourth quarter.

“Depending on the matchup, we have to go our advantages, and we have so many it’s hard to focus on one or two,” Pau Gasol, who grabbed 16 rebounds, told Reuters.

“Our second unit has to do a better job of playing together and helping us any way they can.”

The Knicks trailed by 25 points with 9:19 remaining but quickly cut the deficit with an 11-0 run against the Los Angeles bench players. Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler both had 15 points for the Knicks (3-11), who shot just 39 percent and were out-rebounded 60-36.

All of the Lakers starting five scored in double figures, including 17 apiece for Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest, but the team received little support from the bench.

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