Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks got the best of Kobe Bryant and a Los Angeles Lakers team that was without two of its best players earlier this month.
Things could be different this time around with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol both back on the court.
Looking to continue their recent home domination in this series, the surging Lakers try to extend their longest winning streak of the season in a heavyweight showdown against the Knicks on Christmas Day.
Bryant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace scored a combined 43, but Los Angeles couldn't keep up at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 13, falling 116-107 in coach Mike D'Antoni's first game against New York since his resignation in March.
"I wanted to beat them. I wanted to beat the Lakers, especially protecting our home court," Anthony said after scoring 30 on 10-of-15 shooting. "It had nothing to do with Mike. I wanted to protect our home court and win the basketball game."