The Lakers shot 47.5% from the field while holding the Knicks to 42.6%. Neither team turned the ball over often -- the Lakers had six while New York had four.
Steve Nash dished seven assists for the Lakers in 18 minutes of play.
Lakers 25, Knicks 23 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers played a much more even first quarter against the Knicks after the Lakers gave up 41 points to open the game in New York less than two weeks ago.
In a well-contested battle, neither team took much of a lead (Lakers by four, Knicks by three) as the Lakers held New York to 38.5% shooting from the field.
Kobe Bryant scored 13 points to lead all scorers while his team hit 47.8%.
The Knicks were led by the six points of Kurt Thomas, who got the start at power forward, moving Carmelo Anthony to small forward.
Coach Mike D'Antoni started second-year guard Darius Morris next to Steve Nash in the backcourt but asked him to guard Anthony. It didn't take long for Metta World Peace to get the call after Anthony scored easily over the shorter, less-experienced Morris.
Anthony finished with five points in the quarter.
The Lakers (13-14) host the New York Knicks (20-7) on Christmas Day. The Knicks recently defeated the Lakers in New York two weeks ago, 116-107.
Carmelo Anthony had a monster first half before an injury knocked him out in the third quarter after a quick 30 points. The Lakers will be stronger against the Knicks, with a healthy Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.
New York is one of the best teams in the league this season, but given that the Lakers can't afford many more home losses, the Knicks will be in for a battle.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers at Knicks.
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