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Anthony, Knicks aid misery of Lakers

The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, trying to get a shot off against Jordan Hill, scores 30 but has to exit with an ankle injury.

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The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, trying to get a shot off against Jordan Hill, scores 30 but has to exit with an ankle injury.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Lakers 116-107 on Thursday in coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Madison Square Garden.

"I was zoned in. I was locked in," Anthony said. "My teammates were feeding off of that."

Firing in 3-pointers and moving the ball to open shooters, things they often struggled to do under D'Antoni for almost four seasons, the Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home for the first time since 1992-93.

Meanwhile, things are starting as poorly for D'Antoni in Los Angeles as they ended in New York, where he resigned in March. The Lakers lost their fourth straight and fell to 9-14, 2-8 on the road. Kobe Bryant had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, off to its worst start since 2002-03, when it began 9-15.

"At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule," Bryant said.

Anthony, playing at an MVP level after he struggled last season under D'Antoni, made his first three 3-pointers, nearly reaching his NBA-leading average of 9.7 points per first quarter before 2½ minutes were gone. The Knicks made 17 of 23 shots in the quarter (74 percent) and built a 41-27 advantage.

Anthony finished two shy of the franchise record for points in a quarter, held by Willis Reed and Allan Houston.

"I wanted to beat the Lakers, especially protecting our home court," Anthony said. "It had nothing to do with Mike."

The Knicks lost some of their flow when Anthony went to the locker room with 6:41 left in the third and a 17-point lead. He landed awkwardly after being fouled by Dwight Howard on a drive. He shot the free throws but was removed at the next whistle. Coach Mike Woodson said the sprain was slight and Anthony was day to day.

Bobcats lose 10th in a row: Devin Harris scored 20 and the host Hawks won 113-90 to hand the Bobcats their 10th straight loss. It was the 11th time in 12 games the Bobcats surrendered 100 or more points.

Around the league: Guard Brandon Roy is practicing on a limited, no-contact basis with the Timberwolves a month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Roy has been doing light drills. Coach Rick Adelman said teammate Ricky Rubio (ACL tear) has practiced at full speed without setbacks. … LeBron James (641,348) and Kobe Bryant (639,419 votes) are the leading vote-getters overall for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game, according to the first figures released by the league. Voting continues through Jan. 14.

Knicks 116, Lakers 107

L.A. LAKERS (107): World Peace 7-15 6-7 23, Jamison 1-3 0-0 3, Howard 8-11 4-6 20, Duhon 1-6 0-0 3, Bryant 10-24 6-6 31, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Meeks 3-11 4-4 12, Sacre 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Ebanks 5-11 5-6 15. Totals 35-84 25-29 107.

NEW YORK (116): Brewer 3-6 0-0 6, Anthony 10-15 7-8 30, Chandler 5-5 8-14 18, Kidd 1-2 2-2 5, Felton 9-26 1-2 19, Smith 7-14 2-2 18, Novak 4-5 0-0 12, Wallace 3-5 0-2 8, Prigioni 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-79 20-30 116.

L.A. Lakers 27 22 31 27— 107

New York 41 27 25 23— 116

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 12-37 (Bryant 5-11, World Peace 3-6, Meeks 2-9, Jamison 1-3, Duhon 1-5, Ebanks 0-3), New York 12-25 (Novak 4-5, Anthony 3-5, Smith 2-4, Wallace 2-4, Kidd 1-2, Brewer 0-2, Felton 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 55 (Bryant 10), New York 45 (Kidd 9). AssistsL.A. Lakers 13 (Bryant 6), New York 25 (Felton 8). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 21, New York 20. A19,033.

Hawks 113, Bobcats 90

CHARLOTTE (90): Kidd-Gilchrist 4-9 0-0 8, Mullens 1-8 0-0 3, Biyombo 2-3 0-2 4, Walker 6-15 1-1 13, Taylor 3-6 4-4 12, Haywood 1-2 0-0 2, Henderson 6-11 5-6 17, Sessions 5-8 4-4 16, Gordon 2-9 2-2 7, Adrien 0-0 0-0 0, Diop 2-3 0-0 4, R.Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Warrick 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 34-79 16-20 90.

ATLANTA (113): Stevenson 3-5 0-0 9, Smith 8-12 1-3 18, Horford 5-9 1-3 11, Teague 2-5 2-3 6, Korver 5-7 1-2 13, Morrow 0-0 0-0 0, L.Williams 5-10 0-0 13, Harris 7-11 2-4 20, Pachulia 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 5-8 6-8 16, Tolliver 0-2 0-0 0, Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Jenkins 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 43-75 13-23 113.

Charlotte 19 24 31 16— 90

Atlanta 30 30 31 22— 113

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 6-21 (Sessions 2-3, Taylor 2-4, Gordon 1-3, Mullens 1-3, Henderson 0-1, R.Williams 0-2, Walker 0-5), Atlanta 14-29 (Harris 4-8, Stevenson 3-5, L.Williams 3-7, Korver 2-3, Jenkins 1-1, Smith 1-2, Tolliver 0-1, Teague 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 37 (Kidd-Gilchrist, Biyombo 6), Atlanta 54 (Johnson 8). AssistsCharlotte 22 (Walker 6), Atlanta 28 (L.Williams 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 18, Atlanta 14. A13,090.

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