After being eliminated by the defending NBA champions last year in five games, the Knicks began their 2012-2013 season at home vs. the Heat with a bang opening their season with a 104-84 win. They did it in front of an emotional crowd in New York who have seen enduring catastrophic damage and power outages during Hurricane Sandy. The Knicks got off to a blistering start led by Carmelo Anthony’s 30 points and 10 rebounds. He scored 16 points in the 1st quarter as the Knicks never looked back after taking a 33-17 lead after one quarter of play. Raymond Felton added 14 points and dished out 9 assists, and three point sharp-shooter Steve Novak connected on five threes for 17 points.
The Knicks looked sharp defeating the Heat as the ball was constantly moving from side to side through penetration into the lane as their guards were hitting the open man behind the arc where the Knicks shot 53% (19-36). Felton along with JR Smith, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni combined to dish out 21 of the Knicks 27 assists for the game. They all played great floor games as the Knicks only had 12 turnovers compared with Miami’s 21 turnovers on the night. A good assist to turnover ratio on the offensive side of the floor will take the Knicks a long way. Carmelo Anthony has never had a solid set of point guards like this at all in his career other than Chauncey Billups, who provided a spark and helped play a significant role in Anthony reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2009 with the Denver Nuggets. This truly will be a blessing for him if Kidd, Prigioni, and Felton can bring these kinds of efforts night in and night out this year for New York.