LeBron James scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half to quickly cut into Kobe Bryant's shrinking lead over him for the No. 3 scoring spot in NBA history, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks 100-92. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points in his second game back after a five-game absence. James' quiet second half left him with 33,599 points, 44 back of Bryant's total of 33,643. Marcus Morris scored 20 points and Damyean Dotson had 17 for the Knicks, who put up a much better effort after losing by 30 two weeks ago in Los Angeles.