Here is what you need to know before the Lakers finish their road trip by visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lakers: C Brook Lopez shot consecutive air balls from the foul line in the second quarter, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd.
The Lakers gave everything they had tonight, but LeBron James and company proved to be too much. It was also the 59th triple-double in James' career, tying him with Larry Bird for sixth all-time. Lakers history is filled with similar feats of engineering, most recently in 2008, when they plucked Pau Gasol away from Memphis to team with an in-his-prime Bryant for two National Basketball Association championships. He also had James' Heat and Cavaliers jerseys. Love was able to get whatever he wanted en route to 28 points. Six Lakers scored in double-figures, and they kept playing hard all the way down to the end like they surprisingly have for most of this season, something James surely can appreciate. Cleveland made 15 3-pointers and has made at least 10 in a club-record 18 straight games.
Enes Kanter had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who earned just their second road victory of the season.
LeBron James visited a local Cleveland hospital on Wednesday to meet with fans and spread holiday cheer. Near the bottom of the standings for the last few years, Ball is now the franchise face, being groomed to be the Lakers' next big star and key piece of the turnaround.
This was James' first up-close look at the young Lakers and their developing pair of No. 2 overall picks from the past two drafts in Ingram and Ball.
Ball is averaging 8.9 points on 32.7 percent shooting and 25.8 percent from 3-point range to go with 6.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Paul also represents Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and was simply onhand for Caldwell-Pope's Lakers debut. Hart played well in the spot start, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds.
"I think he's shown a lot".