Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers, who dropped to 3-4 under new coach Mike D'Antoni with another inconsistent performance with deficient defense. Metta World Peace scored 15 points, and Pau Gasol added 11.
Knicks now 7-0 at home
Carmelo Anthony's 34 points led the New York Knicks to their third straight win, a 106-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Raymond Felton had 23 points, seven assists, and no turnovers for the Knicks, who are 7-0 at Madison Square Garden and 12-4 overall, a half-game behind Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Tyson Chandler finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks also shook off the first ejection of Rasheed Wallace's comeback - after a mere 1 minute 25 seconds of playing time. Jason Kidd missed a fourth straight game with lower-back spasms.
Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who dropped their third straight and fell to 1-4 on their season-high, six-game road trip that ends Tuesday in Memphis. Shannon Brown scored 17 points.
Wallace was hit with a technical foul, then after Goran Dragic missed the free throw, yelled: "Ball don't lie!" - his way of saying the call was proven wrong - and was whistled for another to pick up his 31st career ejection, according to STATS, L.L.C..
Wallace has been called for more than 300 technical fouls in his career and led the league seven times, but said he was too old to be clashing with officials at age 38 when he ended a two-year retirement. But he's up to four for the season now, one off the league lead.
- Associated Press