Lakers lose Kobe to suspension, game to Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry poured in a game-high 27 points and
pulled down nine rebounds as New York downed the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers,
99-94, at Madison Square Garden.
Bryant was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for hitting San
Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili in the face in Sunday’s 96-94 overtime loss.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Bryant requested an appeal hearing for his suspension,
but his request was denied because it didn’t comply with standard procedure.
Should he eventually win the appeal, Bryant will get his money back that he
missed for sitting out Tuesday.
Stephon Marbury scored 22 points with seven boards, and Jamal Crawford added
17 points for the Knicks, who have won two of three. Jared Jeffries donated 14
points and Channing Frye had 11 in the win.
Lamar Odom led the Lakers with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists
while Vladimir Radmanovic scored 18 points and also grabbed nine boards.
Smush Parker contributed 14 points and Maurice Evans added 10 off the bench.
“We think about the fact that we should’ve made some plays down the stretch,”
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “We just didn’t take care of the ball the
right way. We had opportunities to stop them and we just didn’t get the ball
Los Angeles, which has lost a season-high three games in a row, finished 43.5
percent shooting from the floor in the first of an eight-game road trip.
Los Angeles closed within 85-84 late in the fourth after Odom’s two free
throws, and managed to cut it to 96-94 on Radmanovic’s trey with 45.8 seconds
remaining. However, Curry hit two key free throws 10 seconds later to ice the
New York led by as many as nine in the first quarter following Curry’s layup,
but Evans nailed a jumper late to cut Los Angeles’ deficit to 25-20.
The see-saw battle continued in the second and it was Jeffries’ three-pointer
with three seconds left that put the Knicks up 43-41 at halftime.
In the third, Odom hit a layup to tie the game at 57 with 5:13 left. Marbury
then followed up with a trey for New York while Radmanovic dunked to make it a
The Knicks ended the third with a 13-5 run — capped by Marbury’s three — for
a 73-64 advantage.
David Lee pulled down 13 rebounds for the Knicks…New York’s Quentin
Richardson missed the game with a sprained right elbow…Both teams shot 38.5
percent from three-point range…New York improved to 12-13 at home this
season…New York shot 49.3 percent from the field in the game.