Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Jan 01 2012)
The rookie Josh Harrellson had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his first start, and Tyson Chandler, a defensive specialist, had 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Andrew Bynum had 29 points and 13 rebounds in his season debut after a four-game suspension for a flagrant foul in the playoffs.
Off to a 1-2 start, the Knicks are already looking to Baron Davis to provide some help to Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, even though Davis is at least five weeks away from playing.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and 6 assists and made three passes that broke open the game in the fourth quarter against the Knicks, who have lost eight in a row to the Lakers.
Andre Iguodala had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Lou Williams added 23 points off the bench, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a sluggish start to beat the Golden State Warriors 107-79 on Saturday night.
Manu Ginobili scored 23 points, 14 in the second quarter, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, Tyson Chandler had 18 of his 22 in the second half, and the New York Knicks assumed control early in beating the Sacramento Kings 114-92 on Saturday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, Daequan Cook hit four 3-pointers in quick succession to help Oklahoma City pull away in the first half and the Thunder led wire to wire in a 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
Kevin Martin scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry matched a career high with 18 assists and the Houston Rockets led from start to finish in a 95-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Jonas Jerebko had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons ended Lawrence Frank’s 20-game losing streak with a 96-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Defending conference regular-season champion Arizona got 16 points from Jesse Perry and 14 from Nick Johnson, taking control early and beating Arizona State 68-51 in the teams’ Pac-12 opener on Saturday.
Center Andrew Bynum scored 29 points in his first game of the season after serving a suspension as the Los Angeles Lakers came from behind to beat the Denver Nuggets 92-89 Saturday.
The corrupt, contrived sentimentality of big-time college sports has created a glaring, and increasingly untenable, discrepancy between what players get and what everyone else in their food chain reaps.
Chauncey Billups was the Knicks point guard for a New York minute. He played in just 22 games, including the playoffs, last season and wasn’t around long enough to help the combination of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire become a winning one. Now far removed from Madison Square Garden and playing nurturing veteran to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the Clippers, Billups still believes that Anthony and Stoudemire can succeed together with the right supporting cast.
Josh Harrellson, the unheralded second round pick out of Kentucky, scored 14 points with 12 rebounds in his first NBA start as the Knicks closed out the calendar year with a convincing 114-92 victory over the hapless Kings.