Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The top two scorers in the NBA engaged in a Christmas Day duel, but Kobe Bryant got the best of Carmelo Anthony this time around.
Bryant had 34 points and the Los Angeles Lakers avenged a loss to the Knicks earlier this month with a 100-94 triumph.
New York routed Los Angeles, 116-107, on Dec. 13, but the Lakers were without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. It was Los Angeles' last loss as it has bounced back with a season-high five-game winning streak.
Anthony equaled Bryant with 34 points for New York, which has dropped three of its last five contests to drop to 20-8 on the campaign.
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