The hype surrounding the New York Knicks is soon going to reach unhealthy levels, but at this rate, it's probably deserved.
The Knicks easily beat the Philadelphia 76ers for the second night in a row on Monday, this time by a score of 110-88. With the win, New York is now 3-0, with all three wins coming over playoff teams by an average margin of just under 20 points.
Yeah, I'd say that's the start that Mike Woodson and his staff were looking for.
New York shot 46.4 percent from the field in this one while racking up 24 assists to just seven turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, it held Philly to 33.7 percent shooting and forced 13 turnovers to round out the impressive win.
For a complete look at the full box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: J.R. Smith
Carmelo Anthony deserves mention for yet another dominant performance, as he tallied 21 points on 16 shots to go with seven rebounds, two assists and a plus-20, which led the team.
J.R. Smith, however, did everything off the bench to spark the Knicks to a win.
The enigmatic guard shot just 7-of-15, but he hit two treys and poured in 17 points. He also chipped in seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block to complete the all-around game.
Next Up for New York
The Knicks get a long break before hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.
Next Up for Philadelphia
The Sixers will try to right the ship on Wednesday when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Hornets.