Tuesday , Jan , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers continue road trip at MSG

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers play the second of a season-long
seven-game road trip tonight, as they visit the struggling New York Knicks at
Madison Square Garden.

Los Angeles started the swing off with a loss. On Sunday, Rasheed Wallace
scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons over
the Lakers, 102-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Kobe Bryant had 39 points in the loss to Detroit to lead the Lakers, who had a
two-game winning streak halted. Chris Mihm added 16 points and 14 boards for
Los Angeles.

Bryant has scored 30 or more points in seven straight and 14 of the last 15
contests. He is averaging 42.6 points on his last 10 outings.

The Lakers will also visit Indiana, Charlotte, New Orleans/Oklahoma City,
Dallas and Houston on the current trip. They are 11-12 on the road this
season. LA has lost three straight on the road.

New York has lost two straight games. Al Harrington had 26 points and 10
rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks cruised to a 120-101 win over the Knicks on
Monday at Philips Arena.

David Lee paced the Knicks with 18 points off the bench and Jackie Butler
scored 15 points in the loss to Atlanta. Center Eddy Curry added 14 points,
while Channing Frye ended with 13 points and nine boards for New York, which
has lost eight of its last nine games overall.

The Knicks are 10-12 at Madison Square Garden this season. They are 6-4 in
their last 10 games at home.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs On
November 16th, Bryant poured in 42 points, 29 of which came in the second
half, to lead the Lakers to a 97-92 victory over New York at the Staples

The Lakers have won two straight in this series. New York has lost two
straight and three of its last four at the Lakers.