It's not easy when you are a young developing team like the New Orleans Hornets and run into a squad as hot as the New York Knicks.
The Knicks outscored the Hornets in the first quarter on Tuesday night, 29-17, and never looked back, going on to a 102-80 victory in New Orleans.
With promising rookie Anthony Davis off the floor due to a stress reaction, the Hornets shot 42 percent from the floor while getting outworked on the glass, 49 to 36. They were outscored in the third quarter, 30-16.
Carmelo Anthony had another brilliant performance for the Knicks while Tyson Chandler crashed the boards (12 rebounds in three quarters of action).
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony, F, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points while going 12-of-22 from the floor on Tuesday night before Mike Woodson rested him in the fourth quarter. He added six rebounds and four assists.
Up Next for Knicks
New York (8-1) visits the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The Mavericks are 6-6 and coming off a 105-101 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Up Next for Hornets
New Orleans (3-6) visits the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Pacers are 5-7 this season and have been hurt by Danny Granger's absence due to injury. They are averaging 88.8 points per game, 28th in the NBA.