NBA: Anthony scores 31 to power Knicks over Lakers in battle of strugglers

NEW YORK (AFP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds to spark the New York Knicks in their 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Knicks improved to 10-38, matching Philadelphia for the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association ahead of Minnesota (8-39), while the Lakers stumbled to 13-35, second-worst in the Western Conference.

Langston Galloway had 13 points, while Lou Amundson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Knicks.

Jordan Clarkson and reserve Carlos Boozer each scored 19 points to lead the Lakers, still reeling from the season-ending shoulder injury suffered by star guard Kobe Bryant. Boozer also grabbed 10 rebounds.

It was the 11th loss in the Lakers' past 12 road games. Los Angeles made only 5-of-20 shots from the floor in the first quarter, falling behind 32-19.

"We just got off to a bad start," said Lakers coach Byron Scott.

Anthony scored the Knicks' last 12 points of the third quarter, pushing New York's lead to 72-57 entering the fourth quarter.

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