The New York Knicks moved three games clear on top of the NBA Eastern Conference on Thursday with a 116-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Knicks stormed out of the blocks at Madison Square Garden, scoring 41 points in the first term to take a hold on the match they never relinquished.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, and he would have had more had he not been forced out of the game halfway through the third term after badly rolling his ankle on his way to the basket.
Kobe Bryant was the Lakers' best, with 31 points and 10 rebounds, and although LA pulled to within six points in the final quarter, he could not prevent them from slumping to their fourth successive defeat.
The glamour side are languishing near the foot of the Western Conference table with a 9-14 record.
In other results, the Atlanta Hawks scored a 113-90 home win over Charlotte, the 10th successive loss for the hapless Bobcats.
The Hawks' Devin Harris came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, while another bench player - Charlotte's Gerald Henderson - was the next best with 17.
Elsewhere, Damian Lillard had 29 points and six assists as the Portland Trail Blazers accounted for the San Antonio Spurs 98-90 at home.