Credit: AFP-Scanpix
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Evan Fournier scored 26 points to lead six New York Knicks (10-8) 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 (9-10), 106-100 (36-20, 27-31, 20-30, 23-19).

Player of the Game
Evan  Fournier
EFF
21
Evan Fournier
Points 26
Accuracy 8-14
Rebounds 4
Assists 2

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.

Knicks: Evan Fournier 26 (6/9 3PT), Julius Randle 20 (6/12 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 5/8 FT, 16 REB, 5 AST, 4 TO), Immanuel Quickley 14 (4/8 3PT), R.J. Barrett 12 (3/5 3PT, 7 REB), Obi Toppin 12 (6/9 2PT), Alec Burks 12 (3/7 2PT, 6 REB).

Lakers: Russell Westbrook 31 (7/12 2PT, 3/6 3PT, 8/9 FT, 13 REB, 10 AST, 6 TO), Anthony Davis 20 (6/15 2PT, 5/11 FT, 6 REB), Avery Bradley 15 (3/8 3PT, 9 REB), Carmelo Anthony 12 (2/8 3PT) ir Malik Monk 12 (4/7 2PT, 1/7 3PT, 4 AST).

Evan Fournier's performance

Russell Westbrook's performance

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New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
45%
37/82
Field goals
37%
34/91
56
Rebounds
59
23
Assists
23
7
Steals
8
44%
15/34
3-pointers
31%
11/36
23
Fouls
17

Best players

Evan  Fournier
26 PTS
8/14 FG
4/4 FT
Russell  Westbrook
31 PTS
10/18 FG
8/9 FT
Julius  Randle
16 REB
15 DREB
1 OREB
Russell  Westbrook
13 REB
12 DREB
1 OREB
New York Knicks
Few players
5 As
Russell  Westbrook
10 As
6 TO
37 MIN
Evan  Fournier
21 EFF
40% 2P%
67% 3P%
Russell  Westbrook
39 EFF
58% 2P%
50% 3P%