Dwight Howard had plenty of time for jokes after his Los Angeles Lakers blew the New York Knicks out of the water with a 30-point win on Tuesday. "He said you got a win for me", James said, via Los Angeles Times when asked about AD's injury. And perhaps nobody has benefitted more from the change in coaches to Mike Miller than former Lakers lottery pick Julius Randle. Portis had two points on 1-of-5 shooting in six minutes.
The 26-year-old centre - who alongside James has transformed the Lakers into the best team in the Western Conference this season - writhed in pain on the Staples Center court after the fall. Morris is averaging 19 points and five rebounds while shooting almost 47% from the 3-point line.
The x-rays were negative, but Davis didn't return to the game and additional overnight tests were planned. LeBron James led the way with 31 points, while Kyle Kuzma (16 points) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15 points) provided a spark off the bench as the Lakers cruised to their sixth win in a row.
"It wasn't intentional at all", Portis insisted after the game. "I went for the ball". The Knicks shot just 36 percent as a team in the first half of play. "It's a shot I work on every day, and it went in", Anthony said afterwards, praising the team's composure in the fourth quarter as they chased down the Raptors.
If you need some value players to round out your lineups for tonight, Dwight Howard is available for just $4.2k and is projected for 20.4 points, while Marcus Morris is expected to finish with 23.1 points for his $6.2k salary. Los Angeles hadn't won 30 games this quickly since the 2008-09 season, when Kobe Bryant's Lakers started 30-6 and eventually won the 15th of their 16 National Basketball Association titles.