– The Los Angeles Lakers stretched their winning streak to six games
with a rout of the New York Knicks on Tuesday but were given a scare as Anthony
Davis hobbled off with a back injury. 

The Western Conference leaders cruised to a 117-87 win
against a Knicks team who remain near the foot of the Eastern Conference with
10 wins and 27 losses.

LeBron James led the scoring for the Lakers with a 31-point
haul that included six three-pointers as well as five rebounds and five

But the main talking point from a one-sided game came after
Davis fell heavily while making an attempted block with just under three
minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The 26-year-old center — who alongside James has
transformed the Lakers into the best team in the Western Conference this season
— writhed in pain on the Staples Center court after the fall.

Davis eventually rose unsteadily with the help of team-mates
and limped away gingerly to the locker room without returning for the remainder
of the game.

The Lakers later said X-rays had come back negative, with
Davis suffering a sacral contusion. It was not immediately clear how long Davis
may face on the sidelines.

With Davis sidelined, James received support from the Lakers
benchwith Kyle Kuzma adding 16 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 15.

R.J. Barrett led the Knicks with 19 points.

The Lakers improved to 30-7 to extend their lead at the top
of the Western Conference standings, 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Denver

– Vintage Melo stuns Raptors –

Elsewhere Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony rolled back the years
with 28 points and a last-gasp winner as the Portland Trail Blazers upset the
Toronto Raptors 101-99.

Anthony finished with seven rebounds to continue an
impressive run of recent form which included 26 points in last week’s loss to
the New York Knicks.

The 35-year-old 10-time All Star had not played for more
than a year when he signed for Portland in November.

Yet the veteran drew on all of his experience to help
Portland stage a fourth-quarter fight-back at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

The Blazers overturned a double-digit points deficit in the
final period to dig out a win over the reigning NBA champions, Anthony nailing
the winner with 3.3 seconds on the clock.

“I trust in my workout. I trust in my shot. It’s a shot
I work on every day, and it went in,” Anthony said afterwards, praising
the team’s composure in the fourth quarter as they chased down the Raptors.

“We just stayed with it. We played together, we stayed
composed. We got some stops and made some shots in the fourth quarter,” he
added. “And it always helps when you make shots.”

Portland talisman Damian Lillard, double-teamed for most of
the game, finished with 20 points while CJ McCollum had 10 points.

Hassan Whiteside, with 14, and Anfernee Simons, who had 12,
were the other Portland players to make double figures.

Portland remain outside the playoff places at ninth spot in
the Western Conference standings with 16 wins and 22 losses.

Toronto’s loss saw them fall to 24-13 in the Eastern
Conference table.



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