The Lakers are back, which means "The Scoop" is back too! Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are taking on the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. It's always fun to watch Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony go at it on the court. The big question of the day is whether this will be Kobe Bryant's last trip to one of his favourite places to play ball and score on the Knicks, at MSG. The Lakers starters are Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson.
Roy Hibbert makes the first shot for the Lakers, throwing up a 9 foot jumper. The Knicks are dominating early in this first quarter. Kobe Bryant just hit a beautiful rainbow shot, 16 foot, bangin jumper. Lou Williams is doing what he does best, and getting to the free-throw line often. Larry Nance started out with the Lakers with a very pompous and arrogant attitude, as if he was a king or something. I'd like to see what kind of game he has, because he's not bringing all that much to the Lakers yet, as much as I hate to say that. Hibbert and Bryant both have seven points, which is the highest for the Lakers, as we head into the second quarter.
The Lakers went into the second quarter with some amazing, positive, and enthusiastic energy. Larry Nance is turning up the fire! It's about time. Kobe's on the floor, and you know that when he starts to dance, you better watch out. Damn, just as I said that, he hit a lousy shot, heading for the bench. Nick Young just hit a nice three-pointer. Metta World Peace is contributing nicely, but in all honesty, these Lakers aren't putting out their best work. Other than playing some pretty good defense, I think they can do a lot better. They're missing way too many shots. I'm a big fan of D'Angelo Russell, and I'd like to see him improve his game. Let's see if he can turn up his game in the second half. Kobe's the leading scorer in the first half with 10 points. We're heading into halftime with a score of 49-45 Lakers.
Just as I was thinking how the Lakers need to improve their ball movement in the second half, they do just that. The Lakers went into this third quarter strong and ready to play. The Lakers are looking strong, as D'Angelo Russell gets the ball to Julius Randle so he could make a dunk. Both teams heading back and forth on the court, full of effort, but nothing to show for it. Kobe Bryant gets fouled at the three-point line. Derek Fisher, the head coach of the New York Knicks just got ejected from the arena for contesting a shot. Kurt Rambis takes over for the game. The crowd is going wild for our MVP Kobe Bryant, as he misses his first free-throw. Kobe is missing his shots, and that's never a good sign. This MSG crowd is simply adoring my favourite player, giving him support, despite the fact that he's missing so many shots. I can tell that, many fans are not happy about him taking so many 3's (or maybe that's just me). Galloway just made a layup, with alot of pressure on him, making it look easy. Jordan Clarkson just splashed one down, hitting a beautiful rainbow shot. Nick Young just weaved through traffic, getting a nice layup, after missing a long shot. Nick Young missing another long three pointer, and we're heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 70–71 Lakers.
Kobe just hit an incredible shot from the sideline! That was such a badass, pull-up jumpshot! That looked like old Kobe right there! José Calderon just made a 25 foot three point jumpshot, with no Laker in site to guard him. Ridiculous! We're just giving shots away now? Lou Williams just hit a long three, giving him 9 points. MWP just showed up, hitting a nice shot, helping out these Lakers. MWP does it again, hitting a three! Give it up for Metta! Kobe Bryant's back in the game with three minutes to play. I can't believe Kobe's missing so many three pointers. Kobe, you got to stop shooting 3's when your shot is short! When you're shooting short, start passing the ball, otherwise, take it over. The game is getting intense, with two minutes on the clock, the Knicks up by two, and both teams putting it all out there.
Kobe's still missing some shots, but all in all, the Lakers are playing well. Now the MVP chants are going on for Carmelo. I swear, New York has some crazy Kobe Bryant fans in that arena! How do they chant for Carmelo and Kobe for MVP. Make up your mind people! We all know that there's only one true MVP (Kobe). What the heck happened, Lakers! What a disappointing ending. There are 14.6 seconds left in the game and the Lakers are down by 6.
Final score 99-95 Knicks. Kobe Bryant had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Roy Hibbert had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. Jordan Clarkson had 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. Julius Randle had 6 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists. D'Angelo Russell had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Metta World Peace had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Nick Young had 10 points. The rest is the rest. #GoLakers