Derrick Rose explodes in return as New York Knicks beat Lakers
December 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers center Timofey Mozgov (20) and guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks picked up their second straight win on a five-game Western Conference road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers, 118-112.

  • New York Knicks 118 (14-10)
  • Los Angeles Lakers 112 (10-16)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

There was no rust for New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose after missing the last two games. Rose was incredible against the Lakers. He scored 25 points on 12-16 shooting, including making his first eight attempts.

Other Knicks were forced to step up with Carmelo Anthony‘s poor shooting night (4-16) putting a strain on the offense.

Fortunately for New York, Kristaps Porzingis picked tonight to snap out of his mini-slump. The Unicorn was 8-15 for 26 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high tying 7 blocks.

Brandon Jennings (a native of Compton, CA) was huge in the fourth quarter in his homecoming. Once again Jennings stole the show for the Knicks, dropping 15 fourth quarter points on 3 three-point field goals.

The Knicks improved to 11-4 in their last 15 games and 12-1 when leading after the third quarter.

Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Luol Deng had 22 points on 5 threes for the Lakers.

Next up for the Knicks are the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 9:00 p.m. ET.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.