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Anthony carries Knicks to emotional win over Heat

10:49 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - In what was a tragic and agonizing week for the city of New York and the tri-state area, the Knicks gave people a reason to smile.

After their scheduled season opener was postponed in Brooklyn due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Carmelo Anthony led a solid, all-around New York Knicks performance, scoring 30 points to help give the hosts a 104-84 blowout victory over the defending champion Miami Heat.

Anthony grabbed 10 rebounds and came away with two steals. His scoring output was a game-high, but he got a lot of help from his teammates, as five other Knicks scored in double-figures.

Offseason acquisitions Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd both started in the backcourt for New York and helped facilitate the offense. Felton dropped in 14 points and dished out nine assists, while Kidd drained 3-of-5 from 3-point range, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Steve Novak, last season's leader in 3-point field goal percentage, finished with 17 points and converted five of the Knicks' 19 makes from 3-point range. Off the bench, J.R. Smith contributed 11 points and six assists for the Knicks, who lost in five games to Miami in the first round of the playoffs last season.

After winning their season opener on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, the Heat found themselves trailing by double-digits most of the night on Friday. LeBron James scored a team-high 23 points while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. Dwyane Wade shot 7-of-10 from the field and scored 15 points, while Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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