Monday, December 11, 2017
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MSG fans show love for Kobe

NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant shared a lengthy embrace with Carmelo Anthony and made his way toward the exit, tapping his chest and waving to the fans.

It may have been goodbye for now.

Quite possibly, it was goodbye for good.

Bryant got the cheers but not the victory in what might have been his last game at Madison Square Garden as the Knicks beat the Lakers 99-95 on Sunday.

He had loved the place even before scoring his first point in the NBA here nearly two decades ago. The only thing that has changed is how much the fans love him back.

"I can remember my first game coming in here, not knowing what the hell to expect and what to do, but just being in such a great arena," he said, "and then to be here 20 years later and to have that happen feels amazing."

Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant, 37, has indicated to him that this season could be his last, though Bryant has not announced anything officially.

"We've talked about it a few days ago. Talked about it again and his feeling was, 'Coach, this might be my last year. So if possible I would like to try to play every game,' " Scott said.

Bryant had 18 points Sunday, far off the 30.7 per game he had been averaging here and fewer than half the 40 or more he scored three times during a series of highlights in the arena.

Bryant missed two shots and twice fouled Anthony during New York's 11-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 98-90 lead.

Anthony scored 24 and said if Bryant leaves he will miss the player he called a big brother.

"I told him, I said it's not going to feel the same with him being gone," Anthony said. "Him helping me kind of throughout my career, being that guy I can talk to, it's not going to be the same."

The Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with their first home victory of the season.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: LeBron James scored 29 while playing with a bruised quadriceps, and the host Cavaliers beat the Pacers 101-97 for their sixth straight win. … Chris Bosh scored 23, Hassan Whiteside added 20 points and 11 rebounds and the host Heat rolled in the second half to beat the Raptors 96-76.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: In the wake of a report that Gerald Green had been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Heat again declined comment on the sidelined guard. Green was hospitalized Wednesday after a woman at the front desk of his condo called 911 and said, "I have a resident that just passed out. He's bleeding."

Knicks 99, Lakers 95

L.A. LAKERS (95): Bryant 6-19 4-7 18, Randle 3-12 0-0 6, Hibbert 5-9 8-10 18, Russell 3-7 0-1 6, Clarkson 4-13 0-0 10, L.Williams 3-12 2-3 9, World Peace 3-4 0-0 8, Young 4-10 0-0 10, Nance Jr. 1-2 0-0 2, Black 4-6 0-2 8. Totals 36-94 14-23 95.

NEW YORK (99): Anthony 8-20 6-6 24, Porzingis 3-10 5-6 12, Lopez 5-9 4-4 14, Calderon 6-12 0-0 14, Vujacic 2-7 0-0 5, O'Quinn 0-1 1-2 1, D.Williams 1-4 4-6 6, Grant 1-6 0-0 2, Galloway 5-9 1-1 14, Seraphin 0-3 0-0 0, Thomas 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 33-84 24-29 99.

L.A. Lakers 25 24 21 25— 95

New York 25 20 26 28— 99

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 9-27 (World Peace 2-2, Clarkson 2-3, Young 2-5, Bryant 2-10, L.Williams 1-6, Randle 0-1), New York 9-27 (Galloway 3-4, Anthony 2-6, Calderon 2-6, Porzingis 1-3, Vujacic 1-4, O'Quinn 0-1, Grant 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 61 (Randle 11), New York 62 (Lopez 13). AssistsL.A. Lakers 19 (L.Williams 5), New York 22 (Grant 8). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, New York 15. TechnicalsNew York Coach Fisher 2, New York defensive three second. Ejected— New York Coach Fisher. A19,812 (19,763).

Heat 96, Raptors 76

TORONTO (76): J.Johnson 3-5 1-4 7, Scola 3-5 0-0 7, Valanciunas 8-12 1-2 17, Lowry 4-16 5-6 15, DeRozan 5-14 6-6 16, Patterson 1-4 0-0 2, Ross 0-4 0-0 0, Biyombo 1-2 3-3 5, Joseph 2-3 0-0 4, Powell 0-3 0-0 0, Bennett 0-1 0-0 0, Nogueira 1-1 1-1 3, Wright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-71 17-22 76.

MIAMI (96): Deng 2-7 1-2 6, Bosh 8-14 3-5 23, Whiteside 8-15 4-5 20, Dragic 1-5 0-0 2, Wade 4-13 3-4 12, Winslow 3-8 3-4 9, McRoberts 2-7 1-2 5, Chalmers 3-8 3-3 9, T.Johnson 4-5 0-0 10, Ennis 0-0 0-0 0, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-83 18-25 96.

Toronto 24 23 16 13— 76

Miami 22 22 30 22— 96

3-Point GoalsToronto 3-19 (Lowry 2-8, Scola 1-2, Bennett 0-1, Patterson 0-2, Ross 0-3, DeRozan 0-3), Miami 8-20 (Bosh 4-7, T.Johnson 2-2, Wade 1-1, Deng 1-3, Winslow 0-1, Chalmers 0-1, McRoberts 0-2, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 47 (Biyombo, J.Johnson 7), Miami 56 (Whiteside 11). AssistsToronto 17 (Lowry 8), Miami 18 (Chalmers 6). Total FoulsToronto 21, Miami 20. TechnicalsDeRozan. A19,600 (19,600).

Cavaliers 101, Pacers 97

INDIANA (97): George 11-21 7-8 32, J.Hill 3-15 1-1 7, Mahinmi 3-4 0-2 6, G.Hill 6-16 2-2 14, Ellis 10-17 3-4 25, Allen 0-5 0-0 0, Turner 3-4 0-0 6, Budinger 2-4 0-2 5, Robinson III 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 39-90 13-19 97.

CLEVELAND (101): James 10-23 9-14 29, Love 9-18 2-2 22, Mozgov 2-5 4-5 9, Williams 4-15 0-0 10, Jefferson 2-6 0-0 5, Dellavedova 2-3 0-0 5, Thompson 7-8 2-4 16, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 38-83 17-25 101.

Indiana 22 20 31 24— 97

Cleveland 24 23 27 27— 101

3-Point GoalsIndiana 6-18 (George 3-6, Ellis 2-4, Budinger 1-2, Robinson III 0-1, G.Hill 0-5), Cleveland 8-24 (Williams 2-5, Love 2-6, Mozgov 1-2, Dellavedova 1-2, Cunningham 1-3, Jefferson 1-3, James 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 54 (J.Hill, George 11), Cleveland 56 (Love 19). AssistsIndiana 22 (George 6), Cleveland 25 (Dellavedova 9). Total FoulsIndiana 20, Cleveland 20. A20,562 (20,562).

Thunder 124, Suns 103

PHOENIX (103): Tucker 1-5 0-0 3, Morris 7-20 5-6 19, Chandler 0-3 1-2 1, Bledsoe 10-15 6-7 28, Knight 6-14 0-0 14, Goodwin 1-2 1-4 3, Len 2-3 4-4 8, Warren 7-10 3-3 17, Leuer 3-6 0-0 7, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Booker 0-3 0-0 0, Teletovic 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 38-84 20-26 103.

OKLAHOMA CITY (124): Durant 12-19 6-7 32, Ibaka 5-12 0-0 10, Adams 3-6 1-1 7, Westbrook 9-20 3-4 21, Roberson 3-7 1-2 7, Kanter 9-10 3-3 21, Waiters 6-9 5-6 19, Singler 1-5 0-1 2, McGary 1-3 1-2 3, Augustin 0-2 2-4 2, Payne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 49-94 22-30 124.

Phoenix 29 25 23 26— 103

Oklahoma City 29 31 29 35— 124

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 7-16 (Bledsoe 2-2, Knight 2-6, Leuer 1-2, Teletovic 1-2, Tucker 1-2, Morris 0-1, Goodwin 0-1), Oklahoma City 4-20 (Waiters 2-3, Durant 2-5, Payne 0-1, Roberson 0-1, Augustin 0-2, Ibaka 0-2, Westbrook 0-3, Singler 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 46 (Chandler 8), Oklahoma City 59 (Durant 11). AssistsPhoenix 18 (Bledsoe 11), Oklahoma City 26 (Westbrook 13). Total FoulsPhoenix 25, Oklahoma City 25. TechnicalsPhoenix defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

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