JUSTIN:As Lakers intensify defense, put an….

Lakers intensify defense, put an end to Knicks’ nine-game winning streak In this report.T

he Los Angeles Lakers initiated Saturday night’s match with a lineup change, opting for Rui Hachimura over Taurean price .The game concluded with a strong defensive performance as the Lakers defeated the Knicks 113-105, putting an end to New York’s nine-game winning streak. Despite the absence of Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Quentin Grimes, the Knicks held an 86-80 lead after three quarters before the Lakers’ defense took control in the closing moments.The Lakers limited the Knicks to 19 points in the fourth — including just 10 points through the first 11 minutes, before New York started fouling to extend the game — to validate their upset over the Boston Celtics on Thursday with another strong effort.

It’s great when the Knicks are winning and you get to come in here and play competitive basketball at the highest level,” said LeBron James, who led L.A. with 24 points and played all but 55 seconds of the second half. “Where every possession means something, especially in the fourth quarter. And to be able to make some plays in the fourth quarter to turn some tides.

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