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Lakers vs. Knicks: Kobe scores 27

The AP reports:

LOS ANGELES - Even before Ron Artest sent Amare Stoudemire plummeting to the Staples Center hardwood with a clothesline flagrant foul, the New York Knicks realized their longtime rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers had acquired a pugnacious edge.

When the high-flying Knicks also couldn't make shots, they didn't even stand a puncher's chance against the champs.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 points and seven rebounds before getting ejected in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers mixed it up with the Knicks in their fourth straight victory, 109-87 Sunday night.