Bryant helps Lakers knock off Knicks

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Updated: December 25, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The top two scorers in the NBA engaged in a
Christmas Day duel, but Kobe Bryant got the best of Carmelo Anthony this time
around.

Bryant had 34 points and the Los Angeles Lakers avenged a loss to the Knicks
earlier this month with a 100-94 triumph.

New York routed Los Angeles, 116-107, on Dec. 13, but the Lakers were without
Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. It was Los Angeles’ last loss as it has bounced back
with a season-high five-game winning streak.

Anthony equaled Bryant with 34 points for New York, which has dropped three of
its last five contests to drop to 20-8 on the campaign.