Carmelo Anthony was poised to break something on Thursday; maybe a Madison Square Garden scoring record or perhaps Mike D'Antoni's spirit. As it turns out, Melo nearly broke himself. Anthony sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of the Knicks convincing 116-107 victory over D'Antoni and the shockingly poor Los Angeles Lakers and did not return. The severity of the injury is unclear and it has not been determined if Anthony will be available for Saturday's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony finished with 30 points in 23 minutes, including 22 in the first quarter that had the Garden buzzing and had the Lakers trying to dig out of hole all night. Anthony landed awkwardly after being fouled by Dwight Howard as Anthony drove to the basket. It was a hard but clean foul as Anthony twisted his ankle on the landing. He was on the court for several seconds before limping to the foul line. Anthony was struggling to run and motioned to the bench to come out. On the next stoppage, Anthony, in obvious pain was escorted to the locker room and did not return. Anthony departed with 6:41 remaining in the period and the Knicks leading by 17. The lead ballooned to 21 before the Lakers, behind Bryant, closed to 13. They Lakers got as close as seven before Raymond Felton fed Tyson Chandler for a dunk and J.R. Smith hit a three-pointer. Los Angeles made one last run, drawing to within six with 90 seconds left but two offensive rebounds from Chandler enabled the Knicks to kill the clock.
Melo torches Lakers, leaves win with sprained ankle
New York Daily News | Dec 14