Rose stars as Knicks beat Lakers


December 13, 2016
AP New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng (9) during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday night.


Carmelo Anthony was thrilled when several Knicks took turns hitting big shots while they held off the Lakers. He can see New York embracing the teamwork and syncopated speed necessary to run coach Jeff Hornacek's offence effectively.

The Lakers had a similar rhythm going, and now they've lost it.

Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 25 in his return from injury and the Knicks beat Los Angeles 118-112 Sunday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Brandon Jennings scored 15 of his season high-tying 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks moved a season-best four games over .500 (14-10) with a dynamic effort in the final minutes, capped by Rose's jumper with 19.4 seconds left.

"As you can see, different guys stepped up at different times," said Anthony, who had 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting and hit a key late jumper. "We're just trusting one another and believing in what we're doing, in our schemes, defensively and offensively. Guys are feeling confident when they get the ball to make plays for themselves and others. We need that as a team. We need that confidence."

The Lakers had a narrow lead in the fourth quarter before Jennings went off, hitting back-to-back three-pointers and threading a slick pass to Courtney Lee for a three-point play to put the Knicks up 97-89 with 6:46 left.

Sunday's results: Detroit Pistons 79 Philadelphia 76ers 97; Minnesota Timberwolves 108 Golden State Warriors 116; Oklahoma City Thunder 99 Boston Celtics 96; Phoenix Suns 119 New Orleans Pelicans 120; Los Angeles Lakers 112 New York Knicks 118.

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