It was a day to forget for the Los Angeles Lakers, who suffered a franchise-worst defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. Eleven years ago on Sunday, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers fell 122-73 to the Mavericks without a starter scoring in double digits.
With 2:18 left in the game Saturday night at the Garden, Kristaps Porzingis was walking toward the Knicks’ bench during a timeout when he was bumped by Tyson Chandler. It seemed innocent, but Porzingis took offense to the nudge, stopping to glare and go chest-to-chest with Chandler before players and officials stepped between them. It didn’t go beyond that, but it still was a good sign for the Knicks, who need every ounce of toughness they can muster during this difficult stretch of their season. “That was nothing,” Chandler, a former Knick, said afterward. “I was walking to the bench and our paths crossed. I think he’s a great young player with a bright future.” The Knicks went on to suffer
It may have helped that they had been at home for roughly three weeks. It surely was to their benefit that the NBA schedule provided three days without a game before they confronted perhaps one of the most rigorous weeks of the season. The Warriors, however, still had to do the work. They still had to finish. They still had to beat the team that had roughed them up 22 days earlier, and then squelch another squad coming into Oracle Arena on a wave of emotion and, finally, take to the road and get back at a team that handed them a loss in Oakland. Done, done and done. And in such a fashion that forward Draymond Green referred to it as “our best week of the season.” In putting away the Rockets 125-108