- Baxter Holmes, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Near the end of Sunday's blowout, a New York Knicks fan seated in the nose-bleeds at Madison Square Garden shouted at Carmelo Anthony, telling the Knicks star that the contest was over and that he should join him to watch the Super Bowl.
"I'll go warm up the car!" the fan shouted.
Shortly after that, Anthony checked out, having scored a game-high 31 points in a game his team led by as much as 21, in a game that was never much of one.
The Knicks have won five of their last seven and the Lakers have lost 10 of their last 11.
Turning point: The Knicks built a 26-12 lead early and were never really threatened beyond that.
Player of the game: Anthony made 13-of-25 from the floor and added eight rebounds and six assists. He also scored 18 points in the third quarter alone -- the same amount that the Lakers scored as a team.
Lone bright spot: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
No Linsanity: Jeremy Lin finished with four points in 24 minutes, far from the numbers he was putting up almost three years ago when he took the world by storm as a member of the Knicks.