Better days? The Knicks, meanwhile, are hoping Friday’s resilient performance in Los Angeles marks a turning point in their trying season.
The Lakers? They just hope LeBron James feels better very soon.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points as the Knicks snapped an eightgame losing streak. The Lakers dropped to 1-4 without James, sidelined for at least another week with a left groin strain. Los Angeles also played without second-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma, who has a bruised back.
The Knicks blew an early 17-point lead before rallying from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Thunder clap: Oklahoma City had a six-game overall losing streak to the
Trail Blazers and had lost the past eight at the Moda Center, a streak dating to 2014.
Who knew a slogan was all they needed?
Proclaiming a “new year, new team,” Paul George scored 37 points and the Thunder beat the Blazers 111-109 victory on Friday.
“We came here, we told ourselves we need to change it – and we got it done,” George said.
Russell Westbrook added 31 points for the Thunder, who held off a furious last-minute rally.