Anthony keeps Knicks perfect with win over 76ers
"Points aren't easy to come by and you have to be on the same page," center Spencer Hawes said.
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.
Count Collins among those impressed by New York's fast start.
"They, right now, do not have a weakness," Collins said. "If they continue to play like this, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the East."
Smith tangled briefly with Royal Ivey and the two had to be separated. 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.
"We were able to make the moves we wanted to this offseason, and everyone has come here, has been happy with their playing time, and contributed in their own way," Woodson said.
By the end, the New Yorkers who made the trip chanted, "Let's go Knicks!" as they left the arena.
Notes: Knicks C Marcus Camby sat out again after missing most of preseason with a strained calf. ... 76ers starting guard Jason Richardson remains sidelined with a sprained left ankle. Dorell Wright got the start. ... Collins shook up the lineup and started Kwame Brown at center for Lavoy Allen. Bynum left in the third with a strained left calf. ... 76ers GM Tony DiLeo says there is still no timetable for Andrew Bynum's return from a bone bruise. ... The Sixers' ownership group donated $50,000 to Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. They are auctioning memorabilia and prizes at www.SixersOperationRebound.com to raise money for the Red Cross. C Spencer Hawes donated $16,000 to Sandy relief efforts.
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