Anthony still posted 35 points on 14-of-31 shooting in the Lakers’ 110-103 loss Sunday to the New York Knicks, a mere two days after dropping 62 points on Charlotte. “If I was a competitor, I would say Melo has more opportunities to set a Garden record than I did,” said Bryant, who posted 61 points Feb. 2, 2009 in New York. “But I’m not a competitor, so I won’t say that.”Bryant had no opportunity to show up Anthony at the World’s Most Famous Arena. The Lakers star remains sidelined with a fractured left leg, and he suggested his medical evaluation today in Los Angeles won’t yield much progression.“I’ll finally do more things than just riding a bike,” Bryant said. “That’s absolutely killing me.”The Lakers’ (16-28) play doesn’t help. They lost their fourth consecutive game and ended their seven-game trip with a 2-5 mark. Things are so bad, the Lakers have only a half-game lead over Utah for the Western Conference’s worst record. With little else working, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni started Nick Young to add more scoring punch while rookie forward Ryan Kelly had the unenviable task of guarding Anthony. The strategy didn’t work.With the Lakers trailing 101-98 with 3:27 left, Anthony easily swished a 14-foot jumper over Kelly. Moments later, Anthony breezed to the basket for a left-handed layup before Jodie Meeks took over. “I had to go for his jabs because he’s so quick,” Kelly said. “I didn’t want to give him easy buckets around the basket. I had to force him to fall back and take jumpers. He was hitting a lot of them.”The Lakers said they’d tolerate Anthony’s scoring output so long as the defensive issues didn’t bleed elsewhere. But the Lakers also allowed New York to dominate in rebounding (45-35) and second-chance points (21-6). “We have some athletic problems out there; we’re just not the fastest team out there,” D’Antoni said. “We just seem to find a way that it slips away from us.”The Lakers are losing patience.“When we have a lack focus or lack of effort, that really (ticks) me off,” said Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who posted 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 11 rebounds. “I’m going to continue to be frustrated as long as we lose.”The normally cerebral Gasol remained so upset that Bryant recalled him throwing what he described as a “tantrum” following the Lakers’ loss to Orlando. “That was the most irritated I’ve seen Pau in a long, long time,” Bryant said. “It’s good. It’s something that needs to be done. It can’t be something where losing becomes accepted or we gave it a good effort sort of thing. You don’t do that around here. It’s not what it’s about. It’s not about giving good efforts. It’s about winning championships.”Yet reaching that goal, let alone the postseason, seems as realistic as Bryant’s hope that the Lakers would temper Anthony’s hot shooting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK — Within a short telephone conversation, Kobe Bryant displayed both his friendship with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and his insatiable competitiveness.Anthony had just broken Kobe Bryant’s scoring record that he set five years ago at Madison Square Garden, a performance that even sent the partisan Knicks crowd into greeting the Lakers’ star with “M-V-P” chants.“I called him that same night to congratulate him and told him, ‘Today you can cool off,’” Bryant said. “You had a big night the other night. Today you can afford to go 2 for 40.’”Wishful thinking.