Carmelo Anthony got going early and that was all the New York Knicks really needed to improve to an NBA-best 8-1 on the season.
Anthony finished with a game-high 29 points on the night, but set the tone by scoring 19 of those in the first quarter as the Knicks cruised to a 102-80 victory over the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Hornets.
The Knicks led 29-17 after the first quarter and had some struggles in the second quarter as the Hornets pulled to within 41-40, but the Knicks closed the quarter strong and took a 53-48 lead into the locker room.
But like they have done all season, the Knicks owned the second half, outscoring New Orleans 49-32 to cruise to victory.
Anthony wasn’t the only one hot though.
Point guard Raymond Felton scored 15 points, on five 3-pointers, which was a part of another good shooting day, as the Knicks hit 14 as a team.
Ten different Knicks’ players scored on the night as J.R. Smith came off the bench to also add 15. Ronnie Brewer also finished in double-figures with 10.
The Knicks actually outrebounded the Hornets 49-36, something they haven’t done very often this season. Tyson Chandler led the team with 12 rebounds, as New York has won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won championships.
A big part of the success, as it has been all season was the way the team took care of the basketball, only turning it over 10 times on the night. That marked the sixth time already the Knicks have turned it over 10 or less times in a game, which is outstanding considering they accomplished that feat only five times all last season.
Ryan Anderson, starting in place of Davis, who was ruled out shortly before tip-off because tenderness in his left ankle, led the Hornets with 15 points while rookie Austin Rivers added 14.