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Lakers 121, Knicks 107: Scenes from a dramatic Metta World Peace cameo

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As for the game itself...it was bad.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Do you like the Knicks? So do I. What the hell is wrong with us?

New York had precious few winnable games left before the All-Star break. Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers was supposed to be one of them. SIKE! The Lakers pounced on the Knicks from the beginning, led by 12 after the first quarter, and straight-up punked the ‘Bockers, 121-107.

Los Angeles had lost their previous 12 consecutive games on the road. The only drama left in the second half was whether or not New York hoops legend Metta World Peace would check into the game. He finally did, at the 1:58 mark in the fourth. He canned a fadeaway jumper over Carmelo Anthony with a minute left, and Lakers fans and Knicks fans alike were pleased. I hope you were watching, Mike Woodson.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas dunked a basketball.

Willy Hernangomez blocked a shot.

The game was longer than usual because of the high volume of fouls...and also because it was literally a descent into purgatory. Recap to come.