New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 25, 2012

December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) moves the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 100-94 on Tuesday afternoon to improve their record to 14-14. The Knicks fell to 20-8.

Redeeming themselves after a poor showing two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden, the Lakers came out playing with some renewed vigor thanks to the contributions of Steve Nash and Metta World Peace.

Nash played his best game of the season to date, scoring 16 points (7-of-12 shooting) and dropping 11 dimes to help facilitate a more fluid Laker offense.

World Peace scored 16 second quarter points, ultimately finishing with 20, and played strong defense in both the half court and on the fast break before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, sustained his usual pace with 34 points (14-of-24 shooting and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc) in a team-high 43 minutes.

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony led the way with 33 points (including 17 in the third quarter) while J.R. Smith was big off of the bench, dropping in 25 points.

Aside from Anthony and Smith, the Knicks didn't have much working for them on the offensive end. Raymond Felton was stymied all night long after sustaining a sprained pinkie finger (10 points) while Tyson Chandler was only able to muster six points in 40 minutes.

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for continuing coverage of Christmas day action.