Austin Reaves scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers came back to beat the New York Knicks 113-105 at Madison Square Garden. It ended a nine game for the Knickerbockers.
Reaves finished with 22 points for the Lakers, who have won two straight against Eastern Conference contenders to improve to 3-2 on a six-game road trip.
LeBron James, who returned after missing their match against Boston with a left ankle injury, had 24 points while Anthony Davis, who was sidelined Thursday due to a left Achilles ailment, posted a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds.
D’Angelo Russell scored 16 points while Taurean Prince had 16 points off the bench, including nine in the fourth. Also Jaxson Hayes who came off the bench added 10 points.
Jalen Brunson had 36 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who were trying to win 10 in a row for the first time since they won 13 straight during the 2012-13 season. Donte DiVincenzo scored 26 points while Josh Hart had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Also, Precious Achiuwa and Miles McBride had 10 points apiece.
Neither team led by more than seven until Brunson drained a three pointer with 1:12 left in the third to put the Knicks up 86-78.
The Lakers scored the next 11 points bridging the final two quarters before an eight possession stretch in which the teams combined for five lead changes and two ties. Prince put Los Angeles ahead for good at 97-96 by converting a 3-point play with 7:06 left.
That began an 8-0 run for the Los Angeles who held the Knicks scoreless for more than six minutes, in which they went 0-for-12 from the field with two turnovers.