The Los Angeles Lakers (24-46) defeated the New York Knicks (29-42) by a final score of 127-96 in a game that became a laugher in the second half at the Staples Center on Tuesday.
The Lakers blew the game wide open by scoring a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter. In the storied history of the franchise, no team has scored that many points in a single quarter.
The effort was spearheaded by three bench players, Xavier Henry, Nick Young and Kent Bazemore, who combined to score 60 points on 21-of-35 shooting.
The Lakers as a team went 18-of-28 from three-point range.
After starting the game off with an 8-0 run, the Knicks proceeded to completely implode. They gave up a total of 87 points in the second and third quarters alone, as they allowed open looks on seemingly every possession.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting, but was unable to lead any kind of a charge defensively.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.