The New York Knicks produced a s comfortable 104-84 win over the Miami Heat in their NBA season opener

Last Updated: 03/11/12 4:05pm

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Carmelo Anthony: Great start to the season

Carmelo Anthony: Great start to the season

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The New York Knicks produced a surprisingly comfortable 104-84 win over the Miami Heat in their storm-delayed NBA season opener.

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Novak added 17 points off the bench, while LeBron James scored 23 points for the Heat.

The Knicks came out firing, relying on their three-point sharp-shooting and some defensive tenacity to take quick command in what the New Yorkers viewed as a measuring stick game.

New York used a 10-0 run from 7-6 and later in the first quarter scored 11 points in a row to turn a 19-12 advantage into a 30-12 cushion to the delight of the roaring Garden crowd.

And the Knicks led 33-17 after a first quarter in which they shot 60 percent from the floor, including a red-hot, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc as Anthony notched 16 points.

Miami cut the lead down to 11 at 55-44 by halftime but New York came out with renewed fire in the third quarter, extending the lead to 23 points, boosted by two three-pointers from crowd favorite Novak and the Knicks were never seriously challenged.

New York shot a blistering 19-for-36 from three-point range as the penetration of their point guards created wide open opportunities from long range.

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