Anthony keeps Knicks perfect with win over 76ers
The Associated Press | November 06,2012
PHILADELPHIA — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and JR Smith had 17 to lead the New York Knicks to a 110-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Raymond Felton scored 16 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 to lead the Knicks to their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks beat the Sixers 100-84 on Sunday in the opener of the home-and-home series.
The Knicks busted the game open in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 21 points. They got a surprising third from 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, who scored eight points and hit a couple of 3-pointers, including a 26-footer at the buzzer to end the quarter.
After a solid first, the Sixers fell apart, and got nothing going with their set offense. Jrue Holiday led them with 17 points.
Wallace was wooed out of retirement by coach Mike Woodson following two years off spent in quiet in North Carolina. He gave the Knicks a nice, unexpected boost in the quarter from long range. Several thousand Knicks fans came out to the Wells Fargo Center and they went wild when Wallace unleashed his 3-point attempts.
In his 5 minutes in the third, Wallace’s eight points outscored every Sixers bench player overall except Nick Young. He finished with 10 and Pablo Prigioni had 11.
Young led the way of cold-shooting Sixers, missing 11 of 15 attempts. Known as a shoot-first player, Young almost never looked for another option, and hoisted up misfire after misfired. One fan heckled him, “That’s why you got a one-year deal, man!”
No, the Sixers aren’t building around Young. But it’s clear they need some help outside of Holiday. Dorell Wright had 14 points, and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The game was well out of reach by the time they started putting up numbers.
Ronnie Brewer sparked the Knicks in the third, turning an eight-point lead into 18 after he nailed a couple of 3s. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young was no match for Anthony inside. Anthony worked his way past Young for some buckets in the paint and scored 15 in the first half when it was still just 56-48 at the break.
Sixers coach Doug Collins chided his team after Sunday’s loss for playing without any energy at the start of the game. His message got to the Sixers — for a few minutes. They led 14-4 before the Knicks took control and cruised toward their perfect start.
Smith tangled briefly with Royal Ivey and the two had to be seperated. Smith was even hit for a technical and Chandler was called for one in the third. Those were about the only missteps for the Knicks, who had seven players score in double digits, yet got only two assists and three points from Jason Kidd. Kidd was one of the more vocal Knicks on the bench, standing, clapping and cheering on each big basket or loose-ball hustle.
By the end, the New Yorkers who made the trip chanted, “Let’s go Knicks!” as they left the arena.
Heat 124, Suns 99
MIAMI — LeBron James had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 124-99 on Monday.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and Ray Allen had 15 for Miami (3-1), which is averaging 111.8 points to open the season. Allen became the 24th player in NBA history to eclipse the 23,000-point mark when he made a free throw with 1:01 left in the third quarter.
Shannon Brown led Phoenix with 18 points off the bench, making five 3-pointers. Luis Scola had 15 points, Goran Dragic finished with 13 points and nine assists, and Marcin Gortat scored 12 for the Suns.
The Heat put the game away with a 23-6 run in the third, a spurt fueled by 10 points from James and five 3-pointers in a span of less than 5 minutes.
Udonis Haslem finished with 12 points and Mario Chalmers had 11 assists for the Heat, who finished 15 for 26 from 3-point range, and outrebounded Phoenix 49-38.
It was a milestone night for two Heat players — Wade played his 600th regular-season game, and Allen became the fourth active player to reach the 23,000 point plateau.
Of course, those are hardly the only big numbers Miami’s enjoying these days.
The Heat have reached 119 points in all three of their home games — the first time they’ve done that since James, Wade and Bosh teamed up to play in Miami over the summer of 2010. They didn’t have to play big minutes to get there, however: No Miami starter played more than 30 minutes against the Suns (1-3).
The Heat shot 59 percent in the first half to 38 for Phoenix, though the margin was hardly a runaway — 65-53 Miami at the break.
After three lackluster defensive showings to start the season against Boston, New York and Denver, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told his team before Monday that things needed to improve in a hurry.
Apparently, the Heat listened. Miami opened on a 10-2 run, led 30-16 after 10 minutes and never trailed.
Still, the outcome was hardly a lock midway through the third. Phoenix was within nine early in the period after a basket by Gortat, and Scola connected on a drive with 6:34 left in the third to get the Suns within 75-65.
That’s where Miami decided enough was enough.
Wade set up James and Chalmers for 3-pointers that came 24 seconds apart, and the Heat were well on their way. Chalmers, Battier and James — again — made 3’s later in the run, which was capped by Allen making a pair of free throws with 1:01 remaining, the second of those being point No. 23,001 of his career.
It wasn’t like James, Wade and Bosh needed a whole ton of help. Through three quarters, they combined to shoot 26 for 39. The Suns, as a team, were 26 for 68 — and needed a shot by Shannon Brown from near midcourt as the third-period buzzer expired just to match the field-goal total by Miami’s “Big Three.”
The lead reached as many as 30 in the fourth.
NOTES: The game was played on the 24th anniversary of Miami’s first NBA game, a 111-91 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Allen has 62 points on 33 field-goal attempts with the Heat. ... Suns reserve center and former Miami player Jermaine O’Neal was not with Phoenix because of a family matter. ... Heat G Norris Cole banked one in from midcourt to end the first quarter, giving Miami a 34-25 lead. ... Heat G James Jones appeared in his 500th NBA game.