National Basketball Association
New York 106, L.A. Lakers 100
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials: #58 Josh Tiven, #31 Scott Wall, #3 Nick Buchert
Attendance: 19812

Evan Fournier scored 26 points to lead six New York Knicks in double figures Tuesday night, as the hosts squandered all of a 25-point lead before recovering to beat the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers, 106-100.

Julius Randle had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Immanuel Quickley hit four key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on his way to 14 points. Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett and Alec Burks had 12 points apiece, with Toppin giving New York the lead for good with the final basket of the third quarter.

Russell Westbrook had 18 points during the Lakers' third-quarter surge and posted his fourth triple-double of the season (31 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists). Anthony Davis, playing through a non-COVID illness, had 20 points while Avery Bradley (15 points), Malik Monk (12 points) and former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony (12 points) all got into double digits, although Los Angeles still lost for the fourth time in five games.

James received the first suspension of his NBA career Monday night after he was ejected for committing a flagrant 2 foul on the Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart in the Lakers' 121-116 win one day earlier.

The Knicks led 54-29 with 7:04 left in the first half and hit intermission with a 63-51 lead before the Lakers scored the first nine points of the third to begin a 28-16 surge in which they tied the score twice, the first time at 79-79 on a dunk by Anthony. After Quickley drained two free throws, Westbrook hit his final basket of the quarter, a layup, to tie the score again.

Toppin opened the fourth with a baseline dunk and Anthony answered with a 3-pointer before Quickley hit his first 3-pointer to create an 88-84 advantage.

The Lakers got within one possession once more -- on a pair of free throws by Davis and a technical free throw by Wayne Ellington, the latter with 8:53 left -- before the Knicks started pulling away. Toppin hit a jumper and Quickley sank another 3-pointer to extend the lead to 95-87.

Westbrook scored the final five points of a 7-0 run to pull the Lakers within 105-100 with 39.9 seconds left. But Randle split a pair of free throws and Westbrook and Monk each missed 3-pointers on the next possession.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
L.A. Lakers   New York
Russell Westbrook 31 Scoring Evan Fournier 26
Russell Westbrook 10 Assists Julius Randle 5
Russell Westbrook 13 Rebounds Julius Randle 16
Russell Westbrook 8 Free Throws Made Julius Randle 5
Avery Bradley 2 Steals Nerlens Noel 3
Talen Horton-Tucker 1 Blocks Nerlens Noel 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 100 37.4 11-36 21-30 23 50 3 8 12
New York 106 45.1 15-34 17-21 23 52 4 7 17
Upcoming Games
  • New York will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Knicks have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Lakers have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .500 after a loss.