Anthony torched the Lakers for 22 points in the first quarter, leading the Knicks to a 26-point lead in the first half and an eventual 116-107 victory after a late Lakers charge. Anthony left the game in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle, but he finished with 30 points, and the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
As the final minutes wound down, fans broke out in a mocking chorus of “Mike D’Antoni.”
“Boos are boos,” D’Antoni said afterward. “I didn’t expect anything different. It was a little upsetting that we came out flat again for the 10th time in a row.”
The Lakers (9-14) continued their downward spiral, losing their fourth straight game, while the Knicks kept up their early-season rampage, improving to 17-5, the best record in the Eastern Conference.