NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and a New York Knicks marred what competence have been Kobe Bryant‘s final diversion during Madison Square Garden, violence a Los Angeles Lakers 99-95 on Sunday.
Bryant finished with 18 points, distant off a 30.7 per diversion he had been averaging here and fewer than half a 40 or some-more he managed on 3 occasions during a array of highlights in a arena.
The 37-year-old superstar, who hasn’t pronounced if he will retire after this season, missed dual shots and twice fouled Anthony during New York’s 11-0 run that incited a three-point necessity into a 98-90 lead.
Galloway done a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:01 left and Bryant missed from behind a arc about 20 seconds later. He afterwards fouled Anthony, who done both giveaway throws to make it 94-90, and after fouled him again on a jumper as a lead grew to 98-90.
Bryant played until a finish, fluttering his arm to a throng as he exited into a hovel to shrill cheers.
He scored his initial NBA indicate here on a giveaway chuck on Nov. 5, 1996, in his second game. He played in his initial All-Star Game here in 1998, and scored 61 points here on Feb. 2, 2009, a record given surpassed by Anthony.
He somewhat led Kevin Durant for a top scoring normal among active players, though in his initial diversion here in 3 years, was usually 6 for 19 from a field.
Bryant can’t broach now a approach he did in so many prior trips to New York as he battles his approach behind from a preseason calf injury, though copiousness of fans wanted him to. He was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants while sharpened giveaway throws and fans were noticeably bummed when he missed shots – that must’ve seemed bizarre to Anthony, who was mostly fortifying him.
Knicks manager Derek Fisher, Bryant’s crony and longtime teammate in Los Angeles, was ejected in a third entertain for arguing after rookie Kristaps Porzingis was called for fouling Bryant on a 3-point attempt.
Lakers: Bryant was hold next 30 points for a second time in his final 9 trips to MSG. … Roy Hibbert also scored 18 points.
Knicks: Calderon came into a diversion sharpened 25 percent for a season. … Lopez played a few security with usually one sneaker after it fell off while he was personification invulnerability and play didn’t stop to give him a possibility to get it back. … Porzingis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.