Lakers score 51 in 3rd quarter, blast Knicks

 

L. A. – With Knicks president Phil Jackson watching from a luxurious suite excessive above the courtroom, his new crew's teetering playoff hopes bought an enormous shove from his previous group's incredible offensive present.

Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers whereas scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise file with 51 points within the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over New York on Tuesday evening.

Although the Lakers have sixteen NBA championships and a luminous listing of former superstars, these groups by no means had a quarter to match to the 12 magical minutes played after halftime by Los Angeles' present patchwork roster.

And no Knicks defense had ever given up fifty one factors in a quarter till this staff did it in a key sport for its postseason chase. New York dropped three games behind Atlanta for the eighth playoff spot in the Jap Conference.

"We hit photographs everywhere," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni stated. "It is infectious. If you begin taking good photographs, they begin getting in, and even the hard shots start entering into."

Certainly, the Lakers hit 19 of their 26 photographs with six three-pointers, stretching an eight-level halftime lead to 30. Nine players contributed a discipline purpose to the spree, led by nine factors from Chris Kaman in his first recreation motion in March.

"It feels good, but it solely lasts one evening," stated Henry, who played exceptionally nicely with a torn ligament in his taking pictures wrist. "We've just received to be encouraged for the remainder of the season from it."

Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers received consecutive video games for the first time in additional than three weeks with a season-excessive 82 factors from their reserves, including Henry and Younger.

Jodie Meeks had four three-pointers as Los Angeles completed one three-pointer shy of the only-recreation club record in the course of the Lakers' highest-scoring game of the season. 5 players hit multiple 3-pointers, together with three apiece for Henry and rookie Ryan Kelly.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who have misplaced two straight after an eight-sport winning streak. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 factors and Amare Stoudemire had sixteen within the Knicks' seventh straight highway loss to the Lakers since 2007.

"On the finish of the day, it's simply particular person pleasure," mentioned J.R. Smith, who had 12 points. "It's important to have delight in guarding your man, guarding the ball, and we simply did not have that the final three quarters."

The Knicks are assured of a dropping season with their forty second loss, and the Hawks have two games in hand in the playoff race. Those excessive stakes and Jackson's looming presence weren't sufficient to spur New York to a competent defensive efficiency.

"I believed we came out ready to play," New York coach Mike Woodson mentioned. "I imply, we held them to 14 factors in the first quarter, and then that second and third quarter, all hell broke loose. We just didn't have any reply for them from a defensive standpoint. I thought the plan was good starting the game, and after they went to their bench, they got here out blazing and we simply couldn't management them."

Jackson's fiancee, Lakers government Jeanie Buss, watched from the second row. The eleven-time NBA champion coach arrived late at the constructing the place he received five titles with the Lakers, who declined to re-hire him early last season, infuriating much of their fan base.

With Pau Gasol sidelined by vertigo, Kaman had thirteen points and nine rebounds because the Lakers' starting center. Steve Nash also sat out for the seventeenth time within the Lakers' final 18 games.

The Lakers missed thirteen of their 18 pictures in a 14-point first quarter, however rolled off a 22-4 run in 5 1/2 minutes to open the second. Meeks and Jordan Hill then expanded the Lakers' lead with a 12-zero run early within the third before the Lakers really bought rolling.

 

Sport notes

Young converted a four-point play in the third quarter. He has six of the Lakers' nine four-level plays this season, each franchise data… Gasol will be re-examined Wednesday before the Lakers decide whether he'll travel with them to Milwaukee and Minnesota this week… Metta World Peace, the former Knicks and Lakers ahead, attended the game. New York waived the former Ron Artest on Feb. 24. He bought a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd when he appeared on the scoreboard in the first half, and he sat in Jackson's field during the second half.

 

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Arctic blast hits Saints, Bombers

The Saints posted this photo of Beau Maister leading a run through the Colorado snow.

The Saints posted this picture of Beau Maister main a run via the Colorado snow.

ST KILDA gamers are braving blizzard-like conditions on their US training camp, however have the Bombers gone comfortable?

Boulder, Colorado – where each golf equipment are holding excessive-altitude training camps – has been hit by a blast of freezing climate that dumped 50cm of snow overnight as temperatures dropped to -15.

The circumstances forced Essendon to cancel an out of doors coaching session, with the players retreating indoors to do a 5.5km run within the University of Colorado fitness center and drills inside the "observe bubble" – a giant inflatable roof over the faculty football stadium.

"We had been alleged to be outdoors working round a lake, however we had a foot and a half of snow final night time and it was -15 strolling here this morning so we've had to come inside and do it on the treddies (treadmills)," defender David Myers stated in a video on the membership web site.

"I think we obtained we needed out of it which was a great sweat up."

But the arctic conditions haven't delay the Saints, who donned gloves and beanies for a 2km hike and a collection of sprints up and down the peaks of nearby Eldorado Canyon State Park.

"We may have taken the easy possibility at this time, we may have stayed inside and executed a working session, however we're here to enhance and we're here to actually challenge the players," excessive efficiency supervisor Adam Basil advised the Saints website.

"To have the ability to be on the market as we speak and do a forty-45min hill running session in the cold.. really reveals the character of the playing group.

"The boys rallied around one another really well and completed one other great session.

"The Monday session that we did, and working up the hills at this time, was designed to really check the players mentally and so they have really impressed me."

The Saints Twitter account didn't miss the prospect to have a dig at Essendon, with the Bombers returning fire with: "Appears to be like fun. Let's catch up in Spherical 5 and measure the success of each training strategies from Boulder."

With extra hiking scheduled, the Saints won't get a respite any time soon – the forecast for the following four days is -sixteen, -eleven, -10 and -sixteen earlier than they fly house on Monday.

Things are slightly more comfy in Flagstaff, Arizona, where Carlton is training. The mercury there may be anticipated to achieve a excessive of 1C right now.

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