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Carmelo Anthony shoots over Metta World Peace for two of his 30 points.
The matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks didn’t live up to the billing unless you were counting on another MVP-type performance from Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony scored 30 points in 23 minutes of game time as the Knicks led by 19 points at the half. Anthony would leave the game with an ankle injury, but the Knicks were able to cruise to a 116-107 victory.
Hawks 113 – Bobcats 90 – Reserve Devin Harris came off the Hawks bench to lead all scorers with 20 points. Josh Smith added 16 points for Atlanta. The Bobcats were led by Gerald Henderson with 17 points. Charlotte has lost 10 straight games.
Knicks 116 – Lakers 107 – The Lakers were able to close the gap after Anthony’s injury but the game was never close. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points 10 boards and 6 assists.
Blazers 98 – Spurs 90 – Damian Lillard of the Blazers led all scorers with 29 points. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points.
Fletcher Cox & Co sacked Andy Dalton six times.
The Philadelphia Eagles had five turnovers, leading to 31 points for the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton only passed for 127 yards and a touchdown. Dalton also ran for a score in the Bengals 34-13 thumping of the Eagles at Lincoln Financial field.
The Eagles turned the ball over four times in a span of three and a half minutes leading to 24 points for the visitors. Fumbles, blocked punts and bobbled onside kicks showed a lack of focus for an Eagles team in desperate need of changes. One bright spot for the Birds was the defense registering six sacks on Dalton.
Annual Philly Hip-Hop Awards 12/23/12 (Live Nation).
Local students start literacy program in Memphis (Memphis Daily News).
Some under-the-radar players are being noticed (Mike and McGoutry).
Kanye’s kilt (In Flex We Trust).
Damn, the KGB is still busy (CNN).
Puff and B.I.G. (In Flex We Trust).
Evelyn reacts to Chad Johnson’s ESPN appearance (In Flex We Trust).
Robert Griffin II responds to Rob Parker’s remarks (USA Today).
Get your NBA All-Star votes in (Funk Flex).
And don’t forget about the NFL Pro Bowl (NFL.com).
Even when the power is one of your own.