Lakers fall to the Knicks, missing chance to reach .500 and sixth place in the West

The Los Angeles Lakers missed a chance to reach .500 and sixth place in the Western Conference standings after losing to the New York Knicks 102-99 on Tuesday night.

The Lakers had a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on, as Julius Randle and the Knicks took advantage of a crucial turnover to seal the victory. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lakers and dropped them to 26-27 on the season.

LeBron James had a triple-double in the loss, finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also had a strong game, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

The Knicks had a balanced attack, with Randle leading the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose added 20 points and seven assists, while RJ Barrett chipped in 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Lakers were without Anthony Davis, who missed the game with a calf strain. They will look to regroup and get back above .500 on Thursday when they take on the Houston Rockets.