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Knicks 116, Lakers 107

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop for a

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop for a basket late in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. (Dec. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Knicks beat the Lakers, 116-107, in former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Madison Square Garden as the Lakers' head coach Thursday.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni talks with Kobe Bryant
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Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni talks with Kobe Bryant during a timeout in a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Raymond Felton shoots over the Los Angeles Lakers'
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Raymond Felton shoots over the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and Tyson
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler fight for possession during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton defend
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J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton defend Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

J.R. Smith is fouled by the Lakers' Jodie
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J.R. Smith is fouled by the Lakers' Jodie Meeks during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Carmelo Anthony takes a shot over the Lakers'
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Carmelo Anthony takes a shot over the Lakers' Jordan Hill during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire jokes with Lakers guard Steve Nash
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Amar'e Stoudemire jokes with Lakers guard Steve Nash during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against
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Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against
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Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire jokes with Lakers guard Steve Nash
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Amar'e Stoudemire jokes with Lakers guard Steve Nash before a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against
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Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire greets Lakers guard Steve Nash before
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Amar'e Stoudemire greets Lakers guard Steve Nash before a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against
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Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

KNICKS CONNECTION In 2006 Andrea Bargnani became the
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KNICKS CONNECTION
In 2006 Andrea Bargnani became the first Italian player to start an NBA game in 30 years. The last Italian player to do so was former Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. D’Antoni was born in the United States and holds American and Italian dual citizenship.

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni stands on the
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Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni stands on the sideline during a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams performs the
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Former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams performs the national anthem before the Knicks game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni stands on the
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Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni stands on the sideline during a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Carmelo Anthony dunks the ball during a game
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Carmelo Anthony dunks the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Carmelo Anthony shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center
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Carmelo Anthony shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop for a
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Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop for a basket late in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. (Dec. 13, 2012)

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