Lou Williams shows way as Lakers overpower struggling Knicks
Los Angeles’ Lou Williams passes around New York’s Kristaps Porzingis. AP

THE Los Angeles Lakers overpowered the embattled New York Knicks, 121-107, on Monday at the Madison Square Garden (Tuesday, Manila time).

Lou Williams showed the way as the Lakers took control with a 29-19 first quarter and went ahead 61-45 at the half.

The Lakers ended a two-game slide and sent the Knicks to a second straight loss.

Williams finished with 22 points, making 6 of 11 field goal attempts, while Nick Young came up with 17 points on 5 of 14 shooting.

Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to deliver 12 points as the Lakers notched their 18th win in 54 games.

The Knicks could not bounce back from a loss to the Cavaliers and absorbed their 31st defeat in 53 outings.

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting, while Kristaps Porzingis made 5 of 15 field goal attempts and finished with 16 points, falling a rebound short of a double-double.

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