Emotional Knicks Beat Heat In Opener

Nick Laham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With Hurricane Sandy over, devastation remains in New York City and the surrounding area. At least for one night, the New York Knicks brought some sense of normalcy to a battered city.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and the Knicks dismantled the Miami Heat 104-84 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Some were questioning whether the game should have even been played, with Heat guard Dwayne Wade being the most vocal of the critics. He ended up dontating his game check to relief efforts. 

"I think this win meant a lot for us, for the city, fans, you know, just everybody in New York," guard Raymond Felton said. "This was a big win, so I'm happy we got it."

The Knicks (1-0) jumped out to a 33-17 edge in the first quarter and never looked back. Steve Novak scored 17 points off the bench for the Knicks, including five three-pointers. The team shot 53 percent from downtown. 

Lebron James had 23 points to lead the Heat (1-1), who commited 21 turnovers. 

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