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Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Anthony, Knicks give New Yorkers a boost


NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony gave New Yorkers a salute, then a show.

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New career high: Houston's James Harden goes up for a shot against Atlanta in the second half on Friday night. Harden scored 45 points as the Rockets beat the Hawks 109-102. AP

He went to center court before the game to thank fans for coming to Madison Square Garden, when even the Knicks themselves didn't know if people were ready for sports yet.

Then he and his teammates provided a win for their city they know has lost so much.

Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks gave suffering New Yorkers something to cheer with a 104-84 victory over the Miami Heat in their storm-delayed season opener Friday night.

"Over the last couple of days, we didn't even know if this game was going to be played. Then before the game we look up and they say they canceled the Marathon, so it was like, we have to go out there and play," Anthony said. "So today was something to give New York a couple hours of some peace. Come to the game, support us. We gave them a good show out there tonight, that's the least that we can do."

In the first sporting event in New York since Superstorm Sandy, the Knicks dominated a game the Heat players weren't sure should even be played with the region still so devastated.

Steve Novak, a non-factor against Miami in last season's playoffs, added 17 points off the bench and Felton had 14 points and nine assists to begin his second stint with the Knicks.

LeBron James scored 23 points for the Heat.

Anthony hit two 3-pointers in a 10-0 run that gave New York a quick 11-point lead, and he followed six consecutive points by J.R. Smith by pulling up for a long 3-pointer and a 30-12 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter.

Rockets 109, Hawks 102

In Atlanta, James Harden continued to shine at the start of his Houston career, scoring a career-high 45 points to lead the Rockets to a victory over Atlanta.

Jeremy Lin had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Houston in the win.

Clippers 105, Lakers 95

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 18 points and 15 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Clippers beat the Lakers to send their Staples Center co-tenants to an 0-3 start.

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and eight rebounds while battling constant foul trouble for the Lakers, who are 0-3 for the first time since 1978 and just the fourth time in franchise history.

Steve Nash sat out with a bruised left leg for the Lakers, who have followed up their 0-8 preseason with three losses in four days.

Bobcats 90, Pacers 89

In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored a career-high 30 points in Mike Dunlap's coaching debut and Charlotte snapped a 23-game losing streak with a victory over Indiana.

Thunder 106, Trail Blazers 92

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 32 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Thunder.

Grizzlies 104, Warriors 94

In Oakland, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley both scored 21 points, and Memphis spoiled Golden State's home opener.

Bulls 115, Cavaliers 86

In Cleveland, Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer each scored 19 points in Chicago's rout of the hosts.

Bucks 99, Celtics 88

In Boston, Brandon Jennings had 21 points, 13 assists and six steals, to lead Milwaukee past the Celtics.

Hornets 88, Jazz 86

In New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left, leading the Hornets over Utah.

Magic 102, Nuggets 89

In Orlando, Glen Davis scored 29 points, J.J. Redick added 21 and the Magic defeated Denver.

Timberwolves 92, Kings 80

In Minneapolis, J.J. Barea had 21 points and five assists to help the T-Wolves overcome a weak shooting performance in a season-opening win over Sacramento.

Suns 92, Pistons 89

In Phoenix, Marcin Gortat had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots and the Suns held off a late Detroit rally.

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