Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
The Knicks are off to their first 2-0 start to a season in 13 years.
The 1999-2000 season was the last time the New York Knicks started a season 2-0. That squad also won its third game of the season, which is what the 2011-12 version of the 'Bockers will try and do on Monday when they complete a home-and-home with Atlantic Division foes, the Philadelphia 76ers.
On Sunday, the Knicks made it two for two with a dominant, near wire-to-wire 100-84 victory over the shorthanded Sixers. Philadelphia, who is already without starting center Andrew Bynum, lost Jason Richardson early in Sunday's tilt with an ankle injury, and he's questionable for Monday's rematch. For the Knicks, they'll hope to continue the solid defense and unselfish ball movement that have been the highlights of their season opening victories over the Sixers and Miami Heat.
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Carmelo Anthony, as expected, has been New York's go-to scorer so far. He's averaging 28.5 points through the first two games of the season, and on Sunday netted 27 with efficiency, making 10 of his 18 attempts. As a team, the Knicks have averaged 22.5 assists per game, as fluidity on offense has been a trademark with ball-movers like Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd sharing back court time together. Defensively, even with Tyson Chandler limited on Sunday due to flu like symptoms, the Knicks have been the toughest team in the league to score on thus far.
So far, it seems that Knicks have found a recipe for success and have a roster that fits their style. They may be on their way to proving that the beginning to this season isn't merely a good start, but what's to come the rest of the way.