Anthony leads Knicks to victory

  • Last Updated: December 14 2012, 7:21 GMT

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points in the first quarter but later left with an ankle injury as the New York Knicks held on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107.

Anthony: 22 points before leaving with an injury
Anthony: 22 points before leaving with an injury

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Anthony exploded early on, raining in three-pointers as the Knicks got off to a hot start.

He had collected 30 points before colliding with Dwight Howard in the third quarter and leaving with a sprained left ankle.

His team-mates picked up the slack as Raymond Felton scored 19 and Tyson Chandler and JR Smith 18 each.

The struggling Lakers lost a fourth straight game despite 31 points and 10 rebounds from Kobe Bryant. Metta World Peace finished with 23 points and Dwight Howard had 20.

The Atlanta Hawks stayed hot while handing Charlotte a tenth straight defeat, winning 113-90 behind 20 points from Devin Harris.

The Hawks have now won 12 of their last 15 games.

Rookie Damian Lillard had a career-high 29 points as the Portland Trail Blazers enjoyed their best win of the season so far, topping the San Antonio Spurs 98-90.

The Spurs rallied from 12 down to cut the gap to four late in the game but Portland hung on for an encouraging victory.

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