Knicks win rousing season opener over champion Heat
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carmelo Anthony helped lead the New York Knicks to a rousing 104-84 win over the NBA champions Miami Heat on Friday in New York City's first sporting event since the devastating impact of the powerful superstorm Sandy.
Anthony topped all scorers with 30 points and hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds, while long-range shooter Steve Novak had 17 points in New York's season opener.
LeBron James scored 23 points to pace Miami, who dropped to 1-1 after an opening win against the Boston Celtics.
It was the Knicks' first home game since last season's opening-round playoff series against the Heat, which they lost in five games. The Heat also beat New York three times during the regular season, so the Knicks had something to prove.
"You always want to have good game, no matter what," said Knicks point guard Raymond, who scored 14 points and had a game-high nine assists. "But it's always good to beat the defending champs."
After a moment of silence to show support for victims of the storm, the Knicks came out firing, relying on their three-point sharp-shooting and some defensive tenacity to take quick command in what the New Yorkers viewed as a measuring stick game.
New York used a 10-0 run from 7-6 and later in the first quarter scored 11 points in a row to turn a 19-12 advantage into a 30-12 cushion to the delight of the roaring Garden crowd.
The Knicks led 33-17 after a first quarter in which they shot 60 percent from the floor, including a red-hot, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc as Anthony notched 16 points. Continued...