PHILADELPHIA – For all the cracks made about New York Knick’s aging roster, those old-timers sure know how to win.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and J.R. Smith had 17 to help keep the Knicks perfect in a 110-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers last 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.
Few teams are as locked in as the Knicks. They thumped Miami in the opener before routing the Sixers in consecutive games. They were even perfect from the free-throw line, a 19 of 19 night, the most attempts without a miss since 2006.
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 quietly 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, a Philadelphia native, 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. Wallace finished with 10 points and wore a button-down “Philla” shirt in the locker room.
In San Antonio, four-time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs stormed to a franchise-best 4-0 start to the season after routing the Indiana Pacers 101-79 last night.
Reserve Gary Neal led five Spurs in double figures with 17 points, while Tim Duncan got a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift the team to the win.
Despite winning four NBA championships between 1999 and 2007, the Spurs had never won their first four regular season games.
San Antonio grabbed an eight-point lead after the first quarter before scoring the first 11 points of the second to push their advantage to 37-18.
The visiting Pacers (2-2) never fully recovered, trimming the deficit to nine at halftime only to be pegged back again in the second half.
George Hill and Paul George had 15 and 14 points respectively but Indiana shot just 34 percent from the field.
Other NBA scores:
Timberwolves 107, Nets 96
Heat 124, Suns 99
Jazz 94, Grizzlies 103
Trail Blazers 91, Mavericks 114
Warriors 92, Kings 94
Cavaliers 108, Clippers 101