The Knicks aren’t going to go 82-0 but they are off to a solid start nonetheless, winning their second home game in three days without really being challenged in a 100-84 win over the 76ers.
Jason Kidd gave some of the credit for the Knicks’ win over the Sixers to Raymond Felton, but Kidd was the engine on Sunday, the tempo-setter and simply the best playmaker on the floor, for either team.
J.R. Smith rarely has been accused of being gun-shy on a basketball court. In fact, the New Jersey native doesn’t ever recall hearing a coach yell at him to shoot the ball more often, as Mike Woodson did in the first quarter Sunday against the Sixers.
Savvy play by the veteran guards Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton has steered the Knicks in the right direction through two games.
The Los Angeles Lakers finally resembled the team many expected they would be as they blasted the Detroit Pistons 108-79 on Sunday to end their early-season slide.
After a struggle to bring pro basketball to Brooklyn as part of a project that remains unfinished, the atmosphere at Barclays Center for the Nets’ opener was electric.
Although the energy level at Madison Square Garden was in contrast to the season opener, the result was another victory, as the Knicks start a season 2-0 for the first time in 13 years.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have raised enough championship trophies to realize they really shouldn’t be getting excited about any win in the first week of November.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Toronto Raptors earned their first victory of the season Sunday night, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-86.
J.J. Redick scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis each had 22 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 115-94 Sunday night.