Rapid Reaction: Knicks 110, Lakers 103

NEW YORK -- How’s that for an encore?

One game after scoring a team-record 62 points, Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 more to lead the Knicks to a 110-103 win over the Lakers on Sunday.

Anthony didn’t set any single-game records this time around, but he did score three key baskets late in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks (17-27) win their second straight.

Anthony had plenty of help on Sunday. Raymond Felton scored 20 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18. J.R. Smith chipped in 16 off the bench.

The Knicks shot 48 percent against a Lakers team that has struggled on defense all season long. New York also hit 11 of 26 3-point attempts (42 percent).

The Lakers have lost 16 of 19 and were probably a little fatigued Sunday. They were playing their seventh straight game on the road.

It wasn't easy, but the Knicks aren’t in any position to worry about style points. Mike Woodson’s club hopes to continue to climb out of the hole it has put itself in this coming week -- the Knicks have home games against the Celtics and Cavaliers before the Heat come to town on Saturday.

Melo fellow: Anthony didn’t come close to duplicating his 62-point performance on Sunday, but he had a pretty solid day at the office. He finished 14-for-31 and had five assists and four rebounds against Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers.

He missed 7 of his 10 shots in the fourth quarter, but with the Lakers down just two points and five minutes to go, Anthony took over. He had three straight Knicks baskets in a span of 2:30 to give his team a seven-point cushion with two minutes to play.

Ray’s day: Felton went through a two-game stretch shooting just 4-for-15 this past week. But he seemed to break out a bit on Sunday. Felton had 20 points, five assists and just one turnover against the Lakers. The Knicks outscored the Lakers by 11 in Felton’s 36 minutes on the floor.

Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 14 rebounds, helping New York outrebound Los Angeles 45 to 35.

What’s next: The Knicks will practice Monday to prepare for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics.

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