LeBron James, Lakers Cruise Past Knicks Despite Anthony Davis Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring and drawing a foul during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The Los Angeles Lakers have hit the ground running in the new year.

Los Angeles extended its winning streak to six games Tuesday with a 117-87 victory over the New York Knicks at Staples Center. LeBron James led the way for a Lakers team that sits atop the Western Conference standings with a 30-7 record, but there was plenty of concern after Anthony Davis exited when he fell hard on his lower back in the third quarter.

Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet reported Davis suffered a sacral contusion, although X-rays were negative.

As for the Knicks, they have lost three in a row and are an ugly 10-27 on the campaign.

         

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 31 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals
  • LAL F Kyle Kuzma: 16 points and six rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: five points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks
  • NYK G RJ Barrett: 19 points and five rebounds

          

Game Takes a Backseat to Injury Concern for Lakers

As it turns out, the Lakers’ biggest health concern Tuesday was not the fact that James was a game-time decision because of an illness.

The King took the floor and was aggressive from the start, attacking the basket off the dribble, launching from deep when New York sagged off him and using his overpowering combination of strength and quickness to pour in 15 points in the first half alone as the Purple and Gold largely put the game away before intermission.

It was no surprise a balanced Lakers squad that entered