Sunday, November 4, 12:00 Noon at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com
Posted Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:16 PM - Updated Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:35 PM
THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and J.R. Smith added 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench as the Knicks improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with a 100-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden.
Jason Kidd, making his second straight start at shooting guard, had 12 points and six assists. Raymond Felton added 11 points.
For the still Andrew Bynum-less Sixers (1-1), Jrue Holiday led with 27 points and Thaddeus Young added 16. Evan Turner had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams complete their home-and-home Monday in Philadelphia.
QUOTABLE: "I'm just trying to do little things to make this team better. Everybody in the world know I can score the basketball with the best of them, so for me to come out here and do something else other than score the basketball it makes us that much better of a basketball team." -- Anthony
QUOTABLE II: "I was yelling at [Smith] to shoot the ball. That's what I want him to do. I gotta put him in better position. I gotta try to make it a little bit more easier for him to score the ball." -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson
THE STAT: After making 19-of-36 from downtown in Friday's win over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, the Knicks struggled while shooting 11-of-27 from long range. Smith was 4-for-5 from deep and now has six overall. Steve Novak went 2-for-5 and now has seven in his first two games.
TURNING POINT: For the second straight game, the Knicks seized control of the tempo early, leading by as many as eight points in the first period, before taking a 31-25 edge after one. They led 57-44 at the break behind 15 points from Anthony and 11 from Felton.
QUOTABLE III: "The Olympics has a lot to do with it. When you're playing against the best players in the world and the best players are on your team they force you to compete on a high level. It's been a nice carryover into vet camp for him.....He's looked good all the way through." -- Woodson on Anthony
WHO'S HOT: Rasheed Wallace continues to be a crowd favorite. For the second straight game, the crowd chanted his name late in the action, and Woodson responded by putting him in. He finished with three points and two rebounds in four minutes.
WHO'S NOT: The Sixers' backup point guards, Maalik Wayns and Royal Ivey, combined to go 0-for-6 with two assists and zero points.
QUOTABLE IV: "I think the layoff hurt us a little bit. We didn't adjust to the speed of the game or the physicality of the game early." -- Sixers coach Doug Collins
NOTABLE: Woodson said he wanted to get backup center Marcus Camby into a couple scrimmages this coming week before he plays in a game. →"I'd just like to see him bang around a little bit before we actually play him," Woodson said pre-game. "If we can get through these next two games [home-and-away with the Sixers], we'll have three days to practice next week where I can get an opportunity to see him bang around a little bit." →After Monday's game at Philly, the Knicks host Dallas on Friday and Indiana on Sunday. So Camby, who missed three weeks in the preseason with a calf ailment, could debut then.
NOTABLE II: Woodson also said he'd like to see Novak put the ball on the deck a little more. "I'd like to see him put it down all the way to the hole and get knocked on his butt and go to the line and shoot free throws," he said. "When that day comes, boy, life will be pretty good."
QUOTABLE V: "Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships." -- Wallace
INSIDE THE ARENA: A pair of Hall of Famers in their respective sports, Julius Erving and John McEnroe, sat courtside. McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champ, plays in a seniors event Monday at MSG along with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter.
UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Monday @ Philadelphia, Friday vs. Dallas, Sunday vs. Indiana. For the Sixers, Monday vs. New York, Wednesday @ New Orleans, Friday @ Boston.