The Knicks-Lakers game on Tuesday afternoon generated a 5.9 overnight TV rating, the best ever for an ABC Christmas Day game in the early window of a doubleheader. Additionally, the holiday delivered the highest-rated triple-header ever on ESPN, averaging a 2.1 rating, up 17 percent from a 1.8 rating in 2010.
Here are three other Knicks-Lakers broadcast highlights:
Had a 9.2 rating in New York, the third-best rating for a regular-season game on ABC in the market
Had a 11.9 rating in Los Angeles, the sixth-best rating for a regular-season game on ABC in the market
Its 5.9 overnight rating was up 11 percent compared to the Celtics-Magic game in 2010, which was 5.3
Here are some key game highlights:
Carmelo Anthony's 34 points against the Lakers marked the sixth time in his last seven games to score 30 or more.
The Knicks are 16-2 this season when turning the ball over 11 times or fewer (they had 11 against the Lakers).
J.R. Smith scored in double-digits once again (he's only scored under 10 points one time this month, on Dec. 2 vs. Phoenix, who the Knicks face on Wednesday night). Interestingly, both games that Smith scored more than 20 points -- in the Knicks' last two losses against the Bulls and Lakers -- Tyson Chandler was held to five and six points, respectively. They need to improve their pick-and-roll game, and can't rely too much on Anthony and Smith in isolation. Raymond Felton's poor shooting lately -- he's now below 40 percent for the first time this season -- is a big part of the problem. Defenses are laying off him and collapsing more on Chandler.
Ronnie Brewer came off the bench for the first time this season, and he still didn't connect on a 3-pointer. That's actually been one of the Knicks' biggest Achilles' heels in their past six games, as they've sunk to 32.4 percent from downtown. Before then, they were at 41.2 percent -- second-best in the league.
The Knicks were 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from the foul line against the Lakers, tying their worst mark of the season. They were also 9-for-16 in their Dec. 17 loss to the Rockets.
Kobe Bryant is now 24-13 all-time in head-to-head matchups against Anthony (including the postseason).
Bryant, who had 34 points, is now the Christmas Day points leader with 383 (six more than Oscar Robertson).
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